September 3, 2012 – A 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Stuck South of Java, Indonesia: The quake struck at 6:23PM London time (GMT). It was 2:23AM at the epicenter on September 4th.
The screen capture below reflects the 112 year seismic history of Southeast Asia and the Indonesian Region. I have pointed out the location for the massive mega-quake and tsunami of December 26, 2004; which killed an estimated 228,000 people world-wide.
In a related story, a new phase of activity has started at Krakatau volcano. A large explosion occurred early today and produced an ash plume that reached 14,000 feet (4.2 kms) according to Darwin VAAC who first observed it at 01:32AM GMT. Ash fall has reached Lampung and over several sub-districts in Bandarlampung, at about 130 kilometers distance. Authorities have issued a warning for local residents and tourists not to approach the volcano. “It is rather unusual for the dust to be this thick,” said Juniardi, a resident of Bandarlampung who complained that the falling dust was also hampering visibility, the Jakarta Globe writes. According to the news article, the activity of Anak Krakatau has been on the rise over the past few days, reaching almost 90 eruptions per day. Nurhuda said the report showed the volcano spewed red hot lava up to 300 meters above its peak. “More than 100 volcanic quakes and tremors have been recorded,” he added. (Credits: Data and graphs from the USGS, Narrative from RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service Budapest, Hungary and W. G. Foster)
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