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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-05 12:10 PM
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38. The earliest report of the Dec 26 earthquake said it was "only" 8.1,
with Indonesian seismologists reporting it at just 6.4. It took several days before its magnitude was agreed upon. So we may not know the true magnitude of this one yet.

First DU report on Dec 26:

"JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh Sunday and radio reports said several small buildings had collapsed and large waves had slammed the area's north coast. Witnesses told Jakarta's el-Shinta radio station that nine people were killed in the quake, but there was no immediate way to confirm the casualty and damage reports.

There were conflicting reports on the size of the temblor, which struck about 8 a.m. and was centered about 100 miles off the west coast of Sumatra. The U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites)'s Web site recorded a magnitude of 8.1, capable of massive damage. But Indonesian seismologists said the quake had a magnitude of 6.4. There was no way to immediately clarify the discrepancy."
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