Destructive tsunami unlikely: USGS

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 16:01

Zeenews Bureau

Washington: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said the chances of a destructive tsunami following the massive 8.6 magnitude Indonesia earthquake were unlikely.

USGS’ Bruce Presgrave told the BBC that during the earthquake, since the earth had moved horizontally rather than vertically, large volumes of water did not get displaced.

Therefore, it is less likely a destructive tsunami would be generated, the official said.

However, he added that the possibility of a tsunami getting generated could not be ruled out.

In Indonesia, there are so far no immediate reports of damage or rising water levels in Aceh.

First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 16:01

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