Section I-202 of the Presidential Proclamation of July 2, 1980, reinstituting registration under the Military Selective Service Act, states:  “Citizens of the United States who are to be registered and who are not in the United States on any of the days set aside for their registration, shall present themselves at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for registration before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States or before a registrar duly appointed by a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States.  Check with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need to comply.” 

If you’re a male U.S. citizen, age 18 through 25, and are living OUTSIDE the United States, you can register with Selective Service by clicking here.

 EARLY SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION: Now, if you are a man who is at least 17 years and 3 months old, you may complete this form to submit your registration information. The information will be held on file and processed automatically when you are within 30 days of your 18th birthday, at which time we will mail confirmation to you.

At about 2:30 p.m. an earthquake hit Chennai, Tamil Nadu. According to reports, an 8.7-8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the cost of Northern Sumatra.

According to the Director of Disaster Management in Port Blair, there is a tsunami alert in affect for coastal India including Chennai  and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARYSIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM  ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, ANDTHE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.   DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE  ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES. ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

Go to the following link for the most up to date information regarding landfall timings.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

We remind U.S. citizens to exercise prudence and continue to take active, personal responsibility for their security.  We strongly suggest that monitor news reports, and follow the instructions of Indian authorities.  U.S. citizens living and traveling in India are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and update their contact information with the U.S. Consulate Hyderabad.

Registration facilitates the U.S. Mission’s contact with U.S. citizens in emergencies.  Information on registering can be found at the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Affairs website at http://travelregistration.state.gov and at the Consulate’s website chennai.usconsulate.gov.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found. 

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

On April 8, 2012, Hyderabad Police imposed a curfew on selected neighborhoods of the Old City (Saidabad and Maanapet) following communal clashes.  Curfews restrict mobility without authorized consent for all visitors and residents throughout the day and evening hours.  According to police and media reports, police have established a curfew in the two neighborhoods of Saidabad and Madanapet and imposed prohibitory orders in the Old City of Hyderabad under Indian Law, Section 144, which bars assembly of more than four persons at one place. This was done after residents of the Charminar neighborhood reportedly smashed buses on hearing about reports of arson in Madanpet and Saidabad (East of Charminar, South of Musi River).

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Voting Across Borders

On April 4, 2012, in Advice, People, Voting, by Hyderabad ACS

Indian and American citizens share certain democratic rights, and we also share the fundamental democratic responsibility to vote.  With U.S. elections coming up this year, I’ve been giving some thought to voting.  By that, I don’t mean thinking about whether or not I’ll vote (I will), but more general issues like voting participation rates and absentee voting.  

To read more visit A Diplomat in the Deccan, the official blog of the Consul General, U.S.Consulate General Hyderabad.