THURSDAY MORNING: The Indonesians are feeling aftershocks and so are we here. I definitely felt the one this morning.
An earthquake this afternoon rocked Indonesia today and we in Singapore felt it too. Actually I didn't, maybe I was on the MRT at the time and didn't feel any difference, but it was enough for the Singaporean authorities to evacuate people from downtown:
SINGAPORE : Singapore buildings swayed after an earthquake hit Indonesia on Wednesday evening.
Residents in various parts of the island felt the quake and people in some buildings, including in the central business district, were evacuated as a safety precaution.
Areas in Singapore which felt the tremors included Novena, Paris Ris, Raffles Place, Potong Pasir, Marsiling, Toa Payoh and Thomson Road.
Singapore’s Meteorological Services said the earthquake measured 8.5 on the Richter Scale. The preliminary reading was 7.9.
The earthquake struck out at sea at 7.10pm. Its epicentre was 120 kilometres south-west of the Sumatran town of Bengkulu, at a depth of 15 kilometres.
This is some 670 kilometres from Singapore.
Indonesia has sent out a tsunami alert, let's all hope it spares those poor people too much damage. God knows they've suffered enough from huge waves in the last few years. The 2004 Asian tsunami was one of my first posts on this weblog.