Scientists warn of 2004-strength tsunami
A huge earthquake capable of generating a tsunami as large as the devastating waves in 2004 could strike off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with the city of Padang directly in the firing line, a team of scientists has said. According to a Channel NewsAsia report, the group issued the warning in a letter to the journal, Nature Geoscience. The danger comes from a build-up of pressure over the last two centuries on a section of the Sunda Trench, which runs parallel to the western Sumatra coast, they said. This section is “near failure” the letter warned.
“The threat of a great tsunamigenic earthquake with a magnitude of more than 8.5 on the Mentawai patch is unabated