Monday, March 28, 2005

TSUNAMI ALERT Issued in Madagascar and Mauritius

This article at the Mail & Guardian Online reports on the Tsunami alerts issued after today's 8.x magnitude quake.
In Madagascar, weather and rescue services issued alerts for the entire east of the country, officials said. The director of the national meteorological service, Alain Razafimahazo, said he would go on national radio and TV to warn the population.

The tsunami at the end of last year did not claim any victims in Madagascar, which escaped any serious damage from the disaster. It did cause damage in Mauritius, Seychelles and the French island territory of Reunion.

On Mauritius, the national weather service said it sent out tsunami alerts to the coastal regions as well as the islands of Rodrigues and Agalega.
This report at Xtra MSN
Tsunami warnings are in effect across much of Asia, however so far the only waves that have been reported have arrived in the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Scientists say the energy from the quake appears to be heading south away from Asia and towards Mauritius.