"Women were crying out in terror. We all just fled as quickly as we could," Alpion, a welder in the seaside town of Padang said, according to Reuters.The tremors were felt in Singapore and Malaysia. I was sitting infront of my desk and I remember feeling giddy all of the sudden. I stopped my work, held on to my desk and I could even feel my body sway sideways slightly. I initially thought it was because I didn't had enough sleep. Ha! Others in Singapore felt the tremors too. From Channel NewsAsia:
Along with thousands of others, he was fleeing to higher ground, fearing a possible tsunami. Authorities said the quake did not cause any tidal activity...
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 6.3 earthquake about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north-northeast of Padang at 10:50 a.m. (0350 GMT). A 6.1 temblor followed two hours later within miles of the first quake's epicenter.
The tremors were felt in many parts of Singapore and in some 236 buildings.
Most of the buildings were in Ang Mo Kio, Yishun, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Serangoon, Sengkang and CBD areas like Robinson Road, Shenton Way and Suntec Singapore.
Callers to the MediaCorp News Hotline reported tremors were also felt at Beach Road and Choa Chu Kang.
Of those affected, 131 were HDB buildings, 95 commercial buildings and 10 private residences.
Witnesses said some tall buildings in the central business district swayed slightly.
Several buildings, like the Concourse at Beach Road, Capital Square and Centennial Tower in the city, and even Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Clementi, were evacuated.
But the eastern parts were also not excluded as residents in Bedok and Pasir Ris reported that buildings in their areas also shook.