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Sunday, August 13, 2017

JB shaken by Indonesia earthquake

JOHOR BARU: Slight tremors were felt on Sunday morning here when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Johor Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) public relation officer Mohamad Riduan Akhyar said that occupants in two buildings felt the tremors at about 11am.
He added that the buildings were the Customs Tower in Tebrau and the Inland Revenue Board building in Tampoi.
"We received an emergency call over the incident at about 11.23am and officers were deployed to the areas.
"Both buildings were evacuated as a safety precaution," he said in a statement here on Sunday.
He said no injuries were reported.
Bernama reported that the earthquake centred at 78km southwest of Bengkulu, Indonesia, and 636km southwest of Pontian, Johor.
However, there was no tsunami threat.
According to AFP, tremors were felt in parts of Johor, Melaka and Singapore.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
An earthquake struck Indonesia's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless. - star

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