An 8.6-8.7 richter earthquake struck off the west coast of North Sumatra estimate at around 16.37 hours Malaysia time. This blogger was alerted of tremors from as far as Pasir Salak, Perak where residents felt the ground shift. The lastest news from Acheh indicate residents fully aware of the risk leaving coastal areas for higher ground to avoid the risk of a repeat of the 2004 tsunami which left around half-a-million Achehnese dead.
|Earthquake location some 434 km from Banda Acheh, 963 km from Kuala Lumpur|
Courtesy of USGS
Whilst Malaysians enjoy the remainder of our holiday celebrating the installation of our new Agong, please lend a thought for those neighbours of ours who may be facing tougher realities and challenges as we speak. A doa too all affected. And should the need arise, may Malaysians once again show our exemplary traits of giving and sacrifice for those in need, such as repeatedly shown over these many years.