An 8.6 magnitude earthquake off northern Indonesia on
Wednesday fortunately did not result in a repeat of the December
2004 incident that claimed the lives of 230,000 people.
Damage was light largely because giant waves never came, and
by most accounts the warning system but in place for such
incidents worked well and limited the casualty list to just five
- two of which were heart attacks. However, one
in the country did not escape the Indonesia quake unscathed, as
KFC Thailand had to issue an apology over a Facebook message many
"Let's hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don't
your favorite KFC menu," read the message, which was issued as
people were being told to evacuate the beaches.
The message reportedly prompted a number of angry comments and
was removed and replaced with an apology.
The impact the incident will have on the
of Yum! Brands, Inc. (
), the parent company of KFC, remains to be seen. The stock
closed at $70.11 on April 11.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System came online in 2006
following an agreement at a United Nations conference in
Japan. The system is comprised of deep-sea sensors and
seismographic stations, according to