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Met Dept: No tsunami threat to Malaysia


Residents flee to higher ground after an earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia March 2, 2016. - Reuters

Residents flee to higher ground after an earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia March 2, 2016. - Reuters

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Meteorological Department has confirmed that there is no threat of a tsunami hitting Malaysia, after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the west of Sumatra Wednesday evening.

A spokesman for the Department said Malaysia was not under immediate threat as it was mostly shielded by the island of Sumatra.

"There is a likelihood of light tremors between the shores of Selangor and Johor," he said.

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after the massive and shallow earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra at 8.49pm on Wednesday.

The earthquake's epicentre was 808km southwest of Padang and 10km deep, according to the US Geological Survey.

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