7.5 Tremor Hits Indonesia

Sparks new tsunami alert and causes buildings to sway in Singapore
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 9:11 PM CDT
Sri Lankan women rush with their belongings to safer area, after the government issued a tsunami warning in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. The Sri Lankan government has issued a tsunami...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 7.5-magnitude aftershock has rocked Indonesia, sparking a new tsunami alert and making buildings sway in nearby Singapore. This morning's 8.4 quake killed at least 5, injured dozens and sent people fleeing inland for safety. Governments issued alerts as far as Kenya and Tanzania warning people to abandon the beaches, the AP reports.

Today's quake hit at least 4 countries and damaged electricity and phone lines across Indonesia. A small 3-foot wave washed up on the city of Padang, but tsunami warnings were retracted until the latest aftershock, which struck on Thursday Jakarta-time. In December of 2004, a magnitude-9 quake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people, mostly in Indonesia.