Alert!!..Alert!!..Stay away from beaches!!!
West Sumatra was hit by a massive earthquake at 8.2 magnitude. A few places in Sumatra like Padang and Bengkulu were badly hit. This one will definitely trigger our memory back to Dec 26th, 2004.

Alert on possible tsunami after 8.2 magnitude quake (Updated)

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department has advised people in the northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Perak and Penang to move away from beaches as a safety precaution against a possible tsunami in the wake of a powerful earthquake that struck off Sumatra, Indonesia at 7.10pm.

The magnitude of the quake, earlier measured at 7.9 on the Richter scale, has been revised to 8.2R

Science Technology and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said fishermen in these states should return to shore immediately for their safety.

He said although no tsunami had been detected but any new information would be relayed to the police stations, relevant departments and the media as soon as they are available.

The minister said further information would be relayed by 11pm.

Malaysian is adequately equipped to detect a tsunami and issue a warning within an hour before it reaches the shore.

The system is based on two buoys – one in the Andaman Sea near Rondo Island in Indonesia and the other in the South China Sea near Pulau Layang-layang in Sabah.

Malaysians would be able to receive notice of evacuation via television, radio, satellite broadcast and SMS within 15 minutes of data transmission from the buoys.

Tremors were felt in parts of the west coast of peninsular Malaysia when the quake, centered at 105 km southwest of Bengkulu, Sumatra and 718km southwest of Johor Bahru, struck at a depth of 15.6km.



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