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Tremors felt in KL after twin Sumatra earthquake

People wait outside an evacuated Selangor SUK building, which has now been given the all-clear by the fire department. — Picture by Teng Chang KhimPeople wait outside an evacuated Selangor SUK building, which has now been given the all-clear by the fire department. — Picture by Teng Chang KhimKUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Residents in several parts of the city reported tremors following two earthquakes in northern Sumatra this morning.

The first earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.5, struck at 8.08am Malaysian time and was at a depth of 78km and 6km north of Rantauprapat, according to meteorological agencies. The epicentre of the earthquake was 330km southwest of Klang.

The second earthquake was stronger at 5.6 magnitude and struck at 11.01am Malaysian time.

The tremors were felt in some high-rises and houses in the Bangsar and Damansara suburbs. Residents of Selangor, southern Perak and Malacca also reported tremors.

However, no tsunami alarm was issued.

The Sumatra temblor came a day after twin earthquakes struck Christchurch in New Zealand.