Global Affairs Canada says it knows of no Canadians affected by Indonesia tsunami – National


Global Affairs Canada is not aware of any Canadians that have been affected by a tsunami that struck Indonesia Saturday night and has killed over 200 people.

Tsunami triggered by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia, injures over 800

“Canada is deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by the Sunda Strait tsunami in Indonesia,” Global Affairs spokesperson Brendan Sutton said. “We are not aware of any Canadians who have been affected.

“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens if needed.”

The Minister of International Development’s office also said that Indonesia has not asked for aid, which is needed before Canada can chip in.

WATCH: Video appears to show tsunami hit as Indonesia pop band performs

“[Canada] cannot offer aid until there [is] an international call by the host government,” said Louis Belanger, a spokesperson for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “At this time, the Government of Indonesia has not requested international humanitarian assistance.

“Our mission and humanitarian partners on the ground are assessing and monitoring closely the situation,” he said.

At least 222 people are dead from the tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait Saturday night, while more than 800 have been reported injured, Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency said.

Tsunami wave crashes into concert on Indonesian beach, killing 2 band members: video

Scientists say that the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides triggered by an eruption from the nearby Anak Krakatau volcano, and was aided by the full moon.

The death toll may rise as some affected areas have not been reached yet.

Travel Canada has updated its website with information on the tsunami, saying to “follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local news for information.” It has not issued a specific travel warning related to the tsunami yet.

WATCH: Indonesia police rescue child from rubble after deadly tsunami

Global Affairs recommends to call the Embassy of Canada in Jakarta at +62 21 2550 7800, the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1-613-996-8885 or email if emergency consular assistance is needed.

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6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska


A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake Friday morning was centred about 12 kilometres north of Alaska’s largest city. 

The USGS initially said it was a 6.7 magnitude quake but reduced it to 6.6.

The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for coastal zones of southern Alaska following an earthquake that rocked buildings in downtown Anchorage.

The centre said Friday that the warning was in effect for parts of the state’s Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai peninsula.

The warning means tsunami waves are expected.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake, but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a two-storey building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

Anchorage lawyer Justin Capp says he was getting ready for work when he felt the shaking start. He grabbed on to the doorframe in the hallway and the door slammed into his hands, scraping his fingers and hand.

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck. He first thought his vehicle had a flat tire, then thought it was exploding. He realized it was an earthquake after he saw traffic poles swaying.

Graper called it the most « violent » earthquake he’s experience in his 20 years in Anchorage.

The National Weather Service Seattle tweeted a tsunami warning is in effect for Cook Inlet, but it is not expected to affect Washington or B.C.


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