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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 19 December 2006

Central and northeast Singapore experience tremors


Tremors Reported

Early this morning (18 Dec 2006), at about 5.45 am, police received about 15 calls of earth tremors felt in certain parts of Singapore.
Meteorological Services confirmed that an earthquake occurred in Southern Sumatra and registered 6.5 on the Richter scale.
Seventeen buildings in the central and northeast parts of Singapore experienced tremors.
The breakdown and type of buildings where the tremors were felt are:

- HDB buildings (9)
- Private Residential Buildings (6)
- Commercial Buildings (2)

Engineers from the HDB and BCA have completed the inspection on the structural safety of the 17 buildings affected by the latest tremors at 10.50am. They have confirmed that the structural integrity of all these buildings have not been affected by the tremors.
The public is advised that there is no cause for alarm. Neither injuries nor law and order incidents have been reported.
Buildings in Singapore are designed according to established design building codes and are sufficiently robust to withstand tremors caused by distant earthquakes.
However, if cracks do develop as a result of these tremors, residents/occupants should inform building authorities such as HDB and BCA immediately.
The HDB¨s Essential Maintenance Service Unit¨s 24-Hour Hotlines are 6275 5555 and 6354 3333 while the BCA can be reached at 1800 221 9001 (during office hours).
18 Dec 2006 @ 3.30pm

Source: Media Release 18 Dec 2006

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