PADANG, Indonesia - Powerful earthquakes struck Indonesia for a third day Friday, terrorizing thousands of people who slept outside in fear of tsunami and falling debris. Seismologists warned that the worst may be yet to come.
The massive 8.4-magnitude quake that shook Southeast Asia on Wednesday has been followed by dozens of strong aftershocks that have killed at least 13 people, damaged hundreds of homes and churned up a 10-foot-high tsunami.
On Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey measured one aftershock jolting the area at magnitude 6.4.
Experts have been predicting a repeat of the massive earthquake that triggered the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen Indian Ocean nations. Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology, who has spent decades studying the fault line in the area, said these temblors could be leading up to the big one.
"No one can say whether it will be in 30 seconds or 30 years," Sieh said. "But what happened the other day, I think is quite possibly a sequence of smaller earthquakes leading up to the bigger one."
By ANTHONY DEUTSCH, Associated Press Writer
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Scientists and experts tend to think that if they cannot predict the time of likely events, after studying them for decades, no one else can. The skeptics who had studied the Yi for decades and accused me being a false prophet on the ‘another 9/11’ omen, perhaps held similar thoughts.
Just because they cannot do it or have not seen it done before, does not mean no one else can. Perhaps they have never really heard of or understood that the Zhouyi is indeed profound?
This is one of the reasons why I had only specified the event and the space (read countries) but on purpose, left out the time.