The Hindu , 18 March 2006

Quake triggered tsunami?

JAKARTA: A powerful earthquake this week in a remote corner of Indonesia reportedly triggered a tsunami that killed three persons, but seismologists in the capital said on Friday the waves were more likely the result of high tides and heavy winds. The confusion shows the poor coordination and lack of modern tsunami detection technology in Indonesia more than 14 months after its western shorelines were ravaged by the 2004 Asian tsunami, killing more than 130,000 people. Tuesday's 6.8-magnitude quake was 50 km east of Buru Island in the east of the sprawling country. Metro TV showed footage of scores of damaged homes in a seaside village on the island, and said the destruction was the result of a tsunami triggered by the earthquake. Republika newspaper said three persons were killed. Government officials on the island were not available for comment. AP