5:33PM: Tsunami Watch Cancelled.
I was about to exit the house earlier and head to town when I received a text message from my younger brother telling me that he’s on his way home because of the Tsunami alert. A Tsunami warning has been sent out almost immediately after the 8.9 (some sources state 8.5) earthquake that ocurred in Indonesia earlier today.
The earthquake was so powerful that tremors could be felt from neighbouring countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. The 2004 earthquake that happened in the same area killed almost 200’000 people and severely affected infrastructure in countries as far away as the Indian Ocean and in Africa.
For this reason, people here in Seychelles today are being sent home from work and are being told to go home and be safe. I wasn’t here in 2004 but from what I was told, Victoria (our capital, and the place where most people go to work at) was completely flooded. I live at La Louise so that’s on higher ground so here’s hoping that the possible floods won’t get to our house.
In 2004, videos that spread on Youtube shows people still hanging out on the beach and actually watching the approaching large waves hit the bay. So I can tell you that nobody is really panicking in Seychelles. Au contraire, I’m sure many are glad they get to go home earlier today. That’s our island life mentality.
Coincidentally, I was just talking to a friend of mine about the possibility of tsunamis here in Seychelles. He said, “yeah but that was the first Tsunami recorded in Seychelles in decades so chances are, we’ll get another one in another lifetime” or something along those lines and I reminded him that the Tsunami was possibly caused by a change of climate so there has been a shift in something and it might actually occur more often now than before.
I’m going to recharge every thing that needs to be recharged including my phones. Some people are not worried at all, but the way I see it, it’s far better to be safe than sorry. I’ll send updates later on today.
Here’s hoping that everyone stays safe!