Tremor felt in several areas, no damage reported

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A tremor hit several areas in the Klang Valley, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan when an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck North Sumatra at 10.59am yesterday. 

Meteorological Services Department Seismological Division officer Loh Kong Chew said the department was analysing data gathered from its stations but no damage to property was reported. 

He said yesterday's quake was considered moderate compared to a stronger one, measuring 7.5, which occurred in North Sumatra in November last year. 

In Kota Baru, the tremors shook the13-storey Wisma Persekutuan and 14-storey Menara Perbadanan, causing hundreds of office workers to run helter-skelter to the staircases. 

Syed Mohamad Abdul Sattar, a clerk with the Legal Aid Bureau office located on the 12th floor of Wisma Persekutuan, said he felt the tremors at around 11am. 

“A few of the people in my office, including myself, felt dizzy and when we looked up, we saw that the suspended signboard swaying. 

“We were certain it was not caused by the air conditioning,” he said. 

No injuries were reported and the workers, still shaken, were soon back at their desks. 

In Penang, an audit assistant manager, who wanted to be known as Peter, 37, said he felt the tremor at about 11am. 

“I was talking to my colleague and he asked me to stop shaking his chair. I told him I was not and both of us realised it was a tremor,” he said.  

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