First tsunami waves expected
to hit Sumatra by 4:21

Map of the quake epicenter in Aceh
Map of the quake epicenter in Aceh

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) says that the first waves of tsunami were expected to hit Sumatra at 4:21 p.m. in Simeuleu, Aceh, and at 4:31 p.m. in Banda Aceh.

PTWC has issued a tsunami warning to several countries in the Indian Ocean region after an earthquake measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale jolted Aceh on Wednesday.

“The earthquake might potentially trigger a tsunami that could damage the area along the Indian Ocean shore,” PTWC said as quoted by kompas.com.

Countries which have been warned about the tsunami include Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Reunion, Seychelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Comores, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, South Africa and Singapore. (swd)

Tsunami waves are predicted to hit areas as follows:

Simeulue at 4:21 p.m.

Banda Aceh 4:31 p.m.

Siberut 4:41 p.m.

Padang 5:17 p.m.

Bengkulu 5:38 p.m

Cilacap 7:.05 p.m.

Bandar Lampung 7:13 p.m.

Bali 7:53 p.m.

Kupang 8:38 p.m.

Belawan 8:48 p.m.

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