Saturday, June 9, 2007

Angry Aceh residents disable tsunami warning system

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Angry residents in Indonesia's Aceh have disabled a tsunami warning system after a false alarm spread panic in a province still traumatized by the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, an official said Thursday.


Residents cut power to a siren on a tsunami warning tower in the Lhoknga area near the provincial capital Banda Aceh by smashing an electricity box, Syahnan Sobri, the head of the meteorology and geophysics agency in Aceh said.

A technical glitch prompted the siren to ring for about 30 minutes in Aceh Besar district Monday, sending residents rushing out of their homes in panic

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