Last Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

M7.8 earthquake felt in Singapore today; Epicenter in Sumatra

Earthquake epicenter map of Indonesia

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Singapore today at 08:50 pm, triggering panic among people.

The epicenter was located Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia and was strongly felt in Medan. According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was 659 km SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia.

Singapore Police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force received several calls from the public reporting the tremors. People have been advised not to be alarmed and to remain calm.

Indonesian and Australian authorities cancelled tsunami alerts within two hours of the 7.8 magnitude tremor.

According to Malaysia's Met Service, tremors were even felt in Selangor and Johor.

The March 2, 2016 M 7.8 earthquake occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting within the oceanic lithosphere of the Indo-Australia plate, USGS said.

Epicenter Location
659 km (409mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
804 km (500mi) SW of Pariaman, Indonesia
805 km (500mi) WSW of Padang, Indonesia
843 km (524mi) WSW of Solok, Indonesia
849 km (528mi) NNW of West Island, Cocos Islands