7.6 Richter Earthquake in Southern Sumatra – Tremors in Malaysia – Tsunami Warning Issued

Today at approximately 6.25pm I felt some strange vibrations in my office – my chair was shaking and my table was vibrating.

I checked with Suanie, at first she didn’t feel it but after a while she did – confirmed tremors.

It lasted quite a long time and felt like it came in 2 stages with a small break between, I’d estimate the tremors lasted around 45 seconds.

Nothing was showing on any of the monitoring services, but after a while it did show up. There was a powerful earthquake in Southern Sumatra at 6:17pm as confirmed by the USGS:


Shortly after Twitter was flooded with earthquake talk.

A short while later a Tsunami warning was issued for Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India.


No Tsunami is confirmed yet, but the latest is:


I hope it doesn’t happen, but let’s hope people are prepared this time if it does. The estimated times for contact are:

  • Georgetown 11.46pm 30th September
  • Port Dickson 3.18am 1st October

These are in local Malaysia time.

I will update here as I get more news.




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5 Responses to 7.6 Richter Earthquake in Southern Sumatra – Tremors in Malaysia – Tsunami Warning Issued

  1. Brad F. September 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    My wife said she felt the aftershocks in Tampines, Singapore. I managed to sleep right through it while napping, but later I asked people in the house if they noticed anything and they didn’t.

    After the Ondoy disaster, let’s hope there’s no Tsunami. I think there are enough problems already.

  2. jg October 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    thanks god nothing serious happened and the tsunami alert was canceled.

  3. Brad F. October 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    It got canceled? Man that’s good. Did you hear about the tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa? It happened recently. My wife was telling me about it. Then there was Ondoy/Ketsana in the Philippines and Vietnam, plus this earthquake in Indonesia… Things are really going to hell this last few weeks.

  4. GongKia October 5, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    ugghhh…..i hate the fact that natural disasters seem to come closer and closer to Malaysia.

    We were one of the lucky countries with no major natural disasters affecting us….I guess, not anymore.

  5. ShaolinTiger October 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Brad F.: Yah it was pretty heavy, I’m glad there was no Tsunami.

    jg: Indeed.

    GongKia: Yah, at least we aren’t getting our own earthquake. It’s just aftershocks.

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