Wednesday, 11 April 2012
A seaquake measuring 8.7 Richter occurred in the evening ~500km off the west coast of Sumatra, at Simulo near Aceh. Indonesians panicked to save themselves and fled to safer grounds. Some fainted in the chaos and were taken to hospital.
The tremor was felt in India (Chenai, Bangalore), Burma, Thailand (Phuket), Singapore and Malaysia.
A check on Singapore replied nothing happened.
In Malaysia, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, and Penang experienced tremors. The tremor was felt in KL in high-rise buildings. In Penang people were asked to stay off from beaches at Gurney Drive, Batu Ferringhi and Balik Pulau. In Langkawi, the police patrolled the beaches and people were warned to stay off all beaches. Ferry service to Langkawi left 30 min earlier and was halted at 8.30pm. The tsunami alert was called off by 10.15 p.m.
What happened this time:
There is no tsunami this time as the tectonic plates only rubbed against each other instead of jolted into each other as occurred in 2004.
RTM TV1, 8 p.m. prime time news