Earthquake Of Magnitude 7.9 Hits Western Indonesia

By shantanu, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 has reportedly struck the region of Western Indonesia on Wednesday thereby causing serious damage to the properties. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was recorded to have struck at about 33 miles from the city of Padang.

Although certain reports suggest that several buildings have collapsed in the city of Padang still there have been no reports of any such injuries or casualties whatsoever. People evacuated their homes as soon as they felt the tremor which shook the regions of Western Indonesia. Although a Tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center across the regions situated along the Indian Ocean which includes India, Thailand and Indonesia, it was soon canceled.

According to the reports the quake was felt not only in Indonesia but also at different parts of Singapore. The residents of Singapore stated that the tremor had lasted for two to three minutes. The tremor was also felt in the high buildings of Jakarta, situated several hundred miles away from the actual center of the quake. The panic driven residents of the city of Padang evacuated their house as soon as they felt that their city has been gripped by a considerably big earthquake. “Hundreds of houses have been damaged along the road. There are some fires, bridges are cut and there is extreme panic here maybe because water pipes are broken and there is flooding in the streets,” said a panic stricken eyewitness in the city of Padang.

According to the officials, there has not been any report of casualties as of yet.

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