A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the near the western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island this morning, sending tremors through parts of neighbouring Malaysia.
According to Indonesia’s geophysics agency BMKG, the earthquake struck at 9.39am, at a depth of 10km.
However, the epicentre was on land and had no tsunami potential, Reuters said quoting a Twitter post by BMKG.
In the Klang Valley, some residents experienced tremors from the aftermath of the quake, especially those in high-rise apartment buildings.
Many took to social media, saying that buildings in the capital Kuala Lumpur could be felt swaying. Others said that tremors could be felt as far off as Seremban.
“I woke up from sleep as I thought my housemate was shaking my bed. Then open Twitter and it looks like many felt this earthquake effect,” one user said.
“Did the whole country just tremble for a moment just now?” another said.
Still another said that the tremors could be felt in Section 13, Shah Alam, for “at least 30 seconds”.
MalaysiaNow understands that a number of buildings in the Klang Valley have been evacuated as a safety precaution.
The Meteorological Department meanwhile said that tremors had been felt in Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
It added that no tsunami threat was reported.
In Indonesia, however, at least two people were killed and another 20 injured in West Pasaman, some 17km from the quake’s epicentre, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.