The European Commission is monitoring closely the risks of tsunami, after-shocks and potential damage, after two strong earthquakes (magnitude 8.6 and 8.3) struck in the Indian Ocean off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Tsunami warnings have been issued for all countries bordering the Indian Ocean. Early warning systems have been activated and people moved to higher ground.
The Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has issued a pre-alert message to Member States' Civil Protection Authorities. The Commission has notified its humanitarian field office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the earthquake was felt strongly. The Commission’s other humanitarian offices in the region and close to the epicentre (Bangkok, Delhi, Colombo, Jakarta, Dhaka, Yangon, Manila) are on full alert.
Experts from the European Laboratory for Crisis Management at the Commission's in-house scientific service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Ispra (Italy), are also closely monitoring the situation.
Update 12/04/2012 - Fortunately, despite the high magnitude of the earthquake, most of its movement was horizontal and a major tsunami did not occur.