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Sumatra quake causes panic

6.1-magnitude earthquake caused panic among residents in high-rise buildings. -The Star/ANN

Sun, Jul 25, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR - A 6.1-MAGNITUDE earthquake in northern Sumatra caused panic among residents in high-rise buildings in various parts of the city and neighbouring districts.

Many residents rushed out of their condominium and apartment units when they felt tremors at about 10.30am. Thanaraj Seethamparam, 25, from Equine Park, said he panicked when he felt his apartment 'swaying' as he was getting ready for work.

'I felt the building shaking. I dashed out of my apartment thinking that the building was about to collapse,' said Mr Thanaraj, who lives on the 13th floor. The Star also received many calls from people living in Banting and Puchong and other parts of the Klang Valley inquiring about the tremors.

According to a Meteorological Department statement, the earthquake occurred at 10.11am in the southeast of Padang Sidempuan, about 300km away from Klang.

The department also reported a mild earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale in Mindanao. The epicentre of the quake was about 600km away from the east coast town of Lahad Datu in Sabah. No tsunami warnings were issued for both the earthquakes.

In Kota Kinabalu, tremors were also felt by some people living in high-rise buildings as a powerful 7.3-magnitude undersea earthquake hit southern Philippines.

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