It is confirmed that an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 richter hit Indonesia and tremors were felt in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Port Dickson and Singapore at about 6.25pm Malaysian time, today. In Kuala Lumpur, tables and chairs swayed, laptops shook, as a result of the tremors which was felt intermittently for approximately 15 minutes even by people located on the ground floor of buildings. No damage was so far reported.
According to a CNN report, the earthquake was recorded about 33 miles from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra populated by 800,000 people. Apparently several buildings were damaged. People were seen running out of their homes toward the hills. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for Indonesia, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
Yesterday, a magnitude 8.0 quake -triggered tsunami killed at least 84 in the Samoan islands and Tonga.
One Malaysian commenter wrote, "Malaysians are a bunch of cowards. A little bit of a tremor and they panic, running around clucking like chickens. Get real, the earthquake happened in Sumatra, not Malaysia. The tremors are just a correlated effect of the earthquake."
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