Malaysians were left in shock by the sudden tremors at around 9.40 am with many evacuating high-rise buildings.
It is believed that a 6.2-mangnitude earthquake had been just been detected in the West Pasaman Regency of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
GB kuat M 6.1 di Utara Sumatra, Indonesia pd 9:39 pg, 25 Feb 2022. Pusat gempa bumi terletak 0.2° U & 100.0° T dgn kdlman 10 km. 76km BL dr Payakumbuh,Indonesia. Tiada ancmn tsunami. Gegaran dirasai di bhgn Barat Smnjg terutama di S'gor, Perak, NSembilan, Melaka & Johor. METMsia pic.twitter.com/4lgKSc2V7G— Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia (@metmalaysia) February 25, 2022
According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, the earthquake does not pose a tsunami threat but people are advised to watch out for possible aftershocks. The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has also confirmed this.
MetMalaysia reported that tremors were felt in several areas across Malaysia.
Keadaan di MPKj. Gegaran sebentar tadi dalam pukul 9.40 td. Semua staf diminta keluar dari bangunan. pic.twitter.com/dDXdynjak2— Farhanisme (@HannZiq) February 25, 2022
On social media, several Twitter users shared photos of people evacuating the buildings. Twitter user @HannZiq shared a video of the situation at the Kajang Municipal Council this morning where staff members were told to leave the building.
Another user @prakashchris uploaded a video recording in Putrajaya where people can be seen vacating buildings leisurely.
Meanwhile, AFP reported that the quake hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island’s north at a depth of 12km, about 70km from the town of Bukittingi in West Sumatra province, according to the United States Geological Survey.
No tsunami warning was issued and there was no immediate report of casualties or damage, but the quake was felt in the neighbouring provinces of Riau and North Sumatra.
Stay tuned for more updates!