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Jakarta Post

Acehnese describe sixth sense for tsunamis

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Fri, April 9 2010   /  10:14 am

In spite of their horrific memories of the devastating tsunami that wiped out entire coastal settlements in 2004, or perhaps because of them, many Acehnese immediately shrugged off Wednesday’s 7.7-magnitude quake as harmless because it didn’t feel the same.“If the quake sways you side to side, there will be no tsunami. But if you feel it rocking you up and down, then it’s likely there will be a tsunami,” Marhaban, a resident of Alue Naga village in Banda Aceh, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.When the 7.7-magnitude quake struck Aceh and surrounding provinces Wednesday, Marhaban did not panic. “I was sure there would be no tsunami even though the quake was strong,” he said.The coastal town of Alue Naga was completely destroyed in 2004 when a 9.15-magnitude earthquake sent a massive tsunami crashing into Aceh’s coastal areas, killing 160,000 people and sweeping away every ...