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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Earthquake in Sumatra, tremors in Malaysia

Source: NST

7.7-magnitude quake hit South Sumatra, tremors felt in Peninsula

KUALA LUMPUR: A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's south Sumatra at 6.16pm today, sending tremors across several areas in Peninsular Malaysia.

The Meteorological Department said the quake's epicentre was 60km southwest of Padang and 452km southwest of Melaka. It said it was monitoring the situation closely.

In the Klang Valley, people rushed out of building which were shaking from the tremors.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the quake was 7.9 on the Richter scale and that a tsunami alert had been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

This news is so scary!! My office building was one of the buildings in PJS that felt the tremors. However, I didnt feel any shake as I was already at the ground floor. I only knew it when my colleague called and informed me about it. He told me to grab my car immediately and leave the office building before the alarm is triggered.

Not long after that, the fire engine came and the fire alarm was triggered. =( I didnt manage to get to the basement parking on time. At this time, the Security Officers were busy directing the public to the open area. I saw the firemen went into our building and checked the safety of the building. Thank god, everything was fine!

After that, I had a chance to speak to one of the firemen. According to him, the shake was due to the earthquake happened in Sumatra. Besides. the tremors in Penang was even worse than KL. This is really scary...

I hope this wont happen again...


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