A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Indonesia in the early morning of Thursday which sent tremors as far as Singapore, 330 miles (531 km) away. It occurred at 5:56 am west of Sungaipenuh in the ocean but there seems to be no tsunami threats.
There were no reports of casualties or damage as panicked people rushed to the streets fearing their houses would collapse. One witness said:
“When the earthquake struck, we quickly brought the kids out of the house; we are concerned that this earthquake might knock the houses down”
Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes as it sits on the seismically violent Ring of Fire. Back in December 2014, just after Christmas, a massive 9.1 earthquake struck the region that sent a tsunami as high as 100 feet (30 meters) and killed over 230,000 people. This was the third strongest earthquake ever to be recorded and inspired a movie called The Impossible starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor which is based on the experience of a survivor and her family.
Goes to show that even if you don’t live in an earthquake zone now, you never know whether you’ll ever be traveling or vacationing to one so it’s always a good idea to at least learn how to be prepared and what to do during an earthquake and tsunami.