Monday, June 13, 2011

Two quakes hit Sumatra, tremors felt in S'gor, Malacca, Perak, NS, Putrajaya, KL

Firemen carrying out checks at several government buildings in Putrajaya after the tremors Tuesday

Two earthquakes hit northern Sumatra Tuesday morning sending tremors that were felt in Selangor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perak, Putrajaya and here.

The first 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra at 8.08am and the second 5.6-magnitude quake hit the same place at 11.01am Tuesday.

Calls came pouring in from Selayang Hospital, KLCC building and other highrises in the Klang Valley as many residents ran out of their buildings

However, there was no tsunami threat, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

Information about damage or casualties has yet to come in.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of the fire division Azizan Ismail said people in several high-rise buildings in the city called in to report the tremors.

Among the buildings in Kuala Lumpur where the tremors were felt at about 11am were Wisma Bernama, Menara Kenanga, the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) headquarters and Megan Avenue.

Azizan said the tremors were more intense from the eighth floor upwards, but added that there were no reports of damage.

M. Govind Nair, 60, Bernama's assistant editor at the English Sub-Editing Desk at Wisma Bernama, said he felt the tremors at about 11 am.

"The tremors lasted for five to six seconds. My chair shook a bit, and then I felt a little dizzy," he said.

Bernama's Infolib administrative assistant Mohd Wahid Md Som, 53, said he felt the tremors for about 10 seconds.

"I did not think of rushing out of the building because the tremors only lasted for a short while. I was a little afraid but remained calm," said Mohd Wahid who works on the eighth floor.

In PUTRAJAYA, the tremors were felt at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

MOSTI Public Relations Officer Noriza Nazri said all employees were instructed to leave the building, and they were seen waiting outside until they were allowed to return.

In KUALA SELANGOR, Meor Anas, 46, an engineering executive at the Sungai Selangor water treatment plant, said he felt the tremors at his office at about 11 am.

"I felt the tremors when I was seated at my work station. I noticed vibrations in the water in the dispenser and a slight movement of a file on my desk," he said.

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