Did you feel the quake?
According to The Star, a massive 8.7 earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 8.9) struck waters off westernmost Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a tsunami alert in countries across the Indian Ocean. The quake was centred at 33km beneath the ocean floor, around 434km from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.
In Penang, mild tremors lasting about a minute were felt in Seberang Prai around 4.45pm, sending people scurrying out of their homes and public places.
Tremors were also felt in the Klang Valley and Perak, all along the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia.
In Bangkok, a tsunami warning and evacuation order were issued by disaster prevention authorities in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga. Warning sirens have been turned on and people have been asked people to move to a safe place.
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.
A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off Aceh on Dec 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh. The Indonesian archipelago is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
Source: The Star..8.7 quake off Aceh, Indonesia issues tsunami alert