The warning was in place for some four hours since the first undersea earthquake occurred in Sumatra this afternoon resulting in the tremors being felt in Sri Lanka.
Following the first quake a massive 8.2 aftershock also rocked Sumatra resulting in another tremor in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile the Associated Press reported that there were no signs of deadly waves in Indonesia, however, or serious damage, and a watch for much of the Indian Ocean was lifted after a few hours.
Women and children were crying in Aceh province, where memories are still raw of a 2004 tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province alone. Others screamed “God is great” as they poured from their homes or searched frantically for separated family members.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the first 8.6-magnitude quake was 270 miles from Aceh’s provincial capital. The tsunami watch that followed from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii advised countries all along the rim of the Indian Ocean, from Australia and India to as far off as Africa, that a tsunami could be generated.
The only wave, however, was less than 30 inches high, rolling to Indonesia’s coast.
But just as the region was sighing relief, an 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit.
“We just issued another tsunami warning,” Prih Harjadi, from Indonesia’s geophysics agency, told TVOne in a live interview.
His countrymen were told to stay clear of western coasts.