Another quake half an hour ago. I didn’t feel it this time but one of my colleagues did. We all checked on USGS’ almost real time site and sure enough, there it was. Oh dear.

I was really frustrated with the lack of news last night. This morning I emailed our regional safety manager for ways to get up to date information in circumstances like these. My email and his reply is below, complete with VERY useful links.

Hi Mr.D,

Regarding last night’s earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and the tremors we felt around KL (and they were really strong in my area!), I felt really anxious due to the lack of any real information. Internet and tv weren’t any help initially except for a few posts by local bloggers a few minutes after the tremors but that doesn’t count as official. Who stays inside a shaking building to surf for news anyway? Tried calling the police and fire department but the lines were either busy or they weren’t picking up. Only managed to receive some sort of news via the radio on my mobile after an hour and a half after the inital tremors.
Is there some sort of dedicated number that we can call in situations such as these? I’d appreciate your suggestions. Perhaps you could highlight this in our next safety meeting? Thanks.


Hi thegrouch,

As we live on the 19th floor of an apartment building, I can assure you that it was a very concerning event for myself and family !

As soon as we realized that the building was not going to collapse – I found the following website that has real time, on line seismic activity monitoring world wide, and it is the official US seismic site :-

The USGS site
Scroll down the page and click on the world map. Click on the Malaysia region and you will see the earthquake last night. Keep reading and it is amazing how much information can be found. I immediately filled in the “Did you feel it ?” part and the results at 00:30 last night were that 46 people from KL also reported the quake.Check this out.

The information on this site is instantaneous and it was about 35 minutes before anything hit CNN or BBC. They have some interesting information about what to do in an earthquake –Check this out.

and I have copied and pasted the most relevant part :-

Q: What should I do during an EQ?
A:If you are INDOORS–STAY THERE! (Get under a desk or table and hang on to it, or move into a hallway or get against an inside wall. STAY CLEAR of windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. GET OUT of the kitchen, which is a dangerous place (things can fall on you). DON’T run downstairs or rush outside while the bldg is shaking or while there is danger of falling and hurting yourself or being hit by falling glass or debris. If you are OUTSIDE– get into the OPEN, away from bldgs, power lines, chimneys, and anything else that might fall on you. If you are DRIVING–stop, but carefully. Move your car as far out of traffic as possible. DO NOT stop on or under a bridge or overpass or under trees, light posts, power lines, or signs. STAY INSIDE your car until the shaking stops. When you RESUME driving watch for breaks in the pavement, fallen rocks, and bumps in the road at bridge approaches. If you are in a MOUNTAINOUS AREA–watch out for falling rock, landslides, trees, and other debris that could be loosened by quakes.

Q: Things NOT to do during an EQ?
A:DO NOT turn on the gas again if you turned it off; let the gas company do it DO NOT use matches, lighters, camp stoves or barbecues, electrical equipment, appliances UNTIL you are sure there are no gas leaks. They may create a spark that could ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion and fire DO NOT use your telephone, EXCEPT for a medical or fire emergency. You could tie up the lines needed for emergency response. If the phone doesn’t work send someone for help DO NOT expect firefighters, police or paramedics to help you. They may not be available.

As you can see from the above information – if you are indoors, you should have stayed there.


I hope this helps, people. Take care.

P.S- It’s a whopper of a boy for proud parents AH & hubby. Congratulations guys! 4.18kg! That’s huge!!!!

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