TSUNAMI of 28 March 2005

A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7 occurred at 1610 UTC 28 March 2005
and was located in the vicinity of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia (2.1N 97.0E).

The earthquake produced a tsunami that was observed at the following locations:

Location                            Maximum Height

Gan, Maldives (00.7N 73.2E) approx 22 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Male, Maldives (04.2N 73.5E) approx 20 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Hanimaadhoo, Maldives (06.8N 73.2E) approx 20 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Cocos(Keeling)Island, Australia (12.0S 96.7E) 23 cm (Australian Tidal) Panjang, Sumatra (05.45S 105.28E) approx 50 cm (p-p) (Bakosurtanal, Indonesia) Sibolga, Sumatra (01.75N 98.77E) approx 235 cm (p-p) (Bakosurtanal, Indonesia) Salalah, Oman (16.94N 54.0D) 52 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Colombo, Sri Lanka (06.92N 79.83E) 42 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Rodrigue, Mauritius (19.67S 63.42E) 55 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Port Louis, Mauritius (20.15S 57.50E) 35 cm (p-p) (GLOSS) Ponte La Rue, Seychelles (04.67S 55.53E) 35 cm (p-p) (GLOSS)

---- Reports from Surf Relief Organizations

03/31/05 07:20 AM
Report forwarded by Bill Sharp, Director, Sumatra Surfzone Relief
Operation (contact: SurfNewsTsunami@aol.com):

Eyewitness confirmation on a 12 foot tsunami at Tuluk Gosong, Salur and points north. Brian Willy was at his house today and confirmed the story. Ranu, Surfguide, also confirmed it. He was an eyewitness. Said he will never forget the sight of it steaming in through the bay. "A white fence of fire".
"Sounded like many buffalo's running" It was the first of three in diminishing size and destruction. Boats thrown around, Rumored octopus divers missing, one little boy. It sent everyone running to the hills. But didn't really devastate like the last one [at this location]. Small house damage. Brian's place is leaning but still standing.His boat is thrown up into his garage. Rumor from north is that tsunami was considerably larger. People up in the hills now , scared for good this time, Tent cities. Bridges down. Communication dead. Sinabang on fire. Extensive damage. Airstrip is fine, just the small terminal is collapsed.

31 Mar 2005 11:31 (Indonesian Time)
Report from Brian Williams, Resident of Simeulue Island:

Those that went to the place would know that we only had 3 meters of beach in front, now look at it, 30 meters [wide] and reef showing, the reef (island) with the boat on it [used to be in the water and had about 1 meter freeboard].

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