Tremors felt in Singapore as earthquake hits Sumatra

Tremors felt in Singapore as earthquake hits Sumatra

People reported feeling tremors in areas including Bukit Panjang, Siglap, Punggol and Toa Payoh.

SINGAPORE: Tremors were felt across Singapore after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday (Jun 2).

The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said the earthquake was detected at 6.56am. The quake's epicentre was about 517km from Singapore, it said, adding that there was no tsunami advisory.

Channel NewsAsia received at least seven reports of tremors felt across Singapore. People reported feeling tremors in areas including Bukit Panjang, Siglap, Punggol and Toa Payoh.

Siglap resident Anya Kothary said she felt tremors in her home on the 13th floor. “The tremors were quite strong and lasted for a few minutes,” she said.

Twitter user Juck, who lives in Punggol, tweeted that he felt a “huge tremor” and that his “whole floor was shaking”. Some Twitter users posted videos of their lights swaying during the tremors.


Twitter video of tremors

Tremors were felt in neighbouring Johor as well. Johor resident Monesha Selvagnanam said she felt “strong tremors” in her flat after the earthquake struck.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they did not receive any calls for assistance.

The last time tremors were felt in parts of Singapore was in March, when a 7.8-magnitude quake struck southwest Sumatra.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF TREMORS

If members of the public are inside a building and feel tremors, police advise them to:

i) Take cover under a sturdy table or furniture
ii) Keep away from items made of glass or any hanging object
iii) Do not use the lift
iv) Do not use any naked light, in case there is a gas leak

Those out in the open should minimise their movement and stay away from buildings, street lights and utility wires, the police said. After the vibrations have stopped, they should:

i) Stay away from any exposed electrical cables and hanging glass objects
ii) Report any gas leakage
iii) Help the injured and call SCDF if the injuries are significant
iv) Report any incidents or issues of law and order to the police
v) Tune in to the radio for updates

Source: CNA/cy

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