11/04/2012 - The European Commission is closely monitoring the risk of a tsunami following two massive earthquakes (magnitude 8.6 and 8.3) off the coast of northern Sumatra today.
Early warning systems were activated, and many people moved to higher ground. If a tsunami follows the earthquake, it could have a high humanitarian impact.
The Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) issued a pre-alert message to the Member States and other countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Several Member States have already expressed their willingness to help Indonesia and other counties in the region if necessary.
ECHO offices in South-East Asia also remain on high alert and are continuing to monitor the situation in cooperation with partners on the ground. The Commission stands ready to provide immediate assistance and to coordinate European efforts should they be required.
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.