Following an 8.7-magnitude quake, centered 33 kilometers beneath the ocean floor around 434 kilometers from Indonesia’s Aceh province, Tsunami watch has been issued for countries across the Indian Ocean. The tremor was felt in the North and East. Employees were evacuated from Veerasingham Hall and Jaffna Public Library following the tremor that lasted for a few seconds around 2:15 p.m.
Tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.
Following is the extract of the watch issued for the island:
SRI LANKA DONDRA_HEAD 5.9N 80.6E 1039Z 11 APR TRINCOMALEE 8.7N 81.3E 1051Z 11 APR COLOMBO 6.9N 79.8E 1120Z 11 APR JAFFNA 9.9N 80.0E 1231Z 11 APR