Tremors felt in Singapore after 8.7-Magnitude Earthquake


My last experience with tremors was in 2004. It was quite a scary incident, and I remember how we decided to leave the building then (some say that leaving the safety of a building during tremors isn’t the best thing to do.)

11 April 2012 at 1638 hrs, a large earthquake occurred off the western coast of Northern Sumatra. I was at my desk fulfilling my responsibilities as a student (few more months left) when my chair started rocking back and forth. My soft toys hanging in front of me start swaying too. I didn’t think too much about it for a while. After 30 seconds, the oscillations became more pronounced and I launched the websites of CNA and NEA. No updates were available. I started to get slightly more worried as I didn’t know if this was just a tremor or not.

I went out to the living room and saw clothes on hangers rocking in unison just like a pendulum. That was when I was convinced that an earthquake was happening very close to Singapore.

This whole experience lasted for about 2 minutes, or what seemed like 2 minutes to me (may be longer, may be shorter). Finally, the oscillations stopped and updates began to flow in from news agencies. NEA’s regional earthquake alerts came in as well (NEA took a while before accurately reporting the magnitude of the earthquake).

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | The page I saw minutes after the earthquake

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | The page I saw 13 minutes after the earthquake (7.63)

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | NEA's 1st update

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | NEA's 1st update

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | NEA's 2nd update

Screen shot | BIG_MOUSE | NEA's 2nd update

So far, no sightings of the expected tsunami. No news = good news. Let’s continue to pray for Indonesia.

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