Should Penang people heed this news?

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Excerpt of news from Bernama:
March 29, 2005 02:39 AM

People In Coastal Areas In Penang And Langkawi Asked To Evacuate

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 (Bernama) — People living in coastal areas in Penang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis and Pulau Langkawi have been advised to evacuate to higher areas following fears of a tsunami after an earthquate measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Sumatra.

So, someone tell me, what do they mean by coastal area? My sister lives near the sea but is that area call coastal? And evacuate? Who is doing the evacuation? Are the authorities ready on standby? Arggh…so many questions.

Mack Zulkifli has set up #quakeblogs at Dalnet to coordinate information. Join in for the latest updates. I am there.

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6 Replies to “Should Penang people heed this news?”

  1. coastal in this condition is
    * within few km from the sea
    * altitude near 0m (or less) from sea level

    ghee .. twice within 3 months .. scary enough .. tsunami experience didn’t heal that .. ppl still trauma

    good thing is, ppl think immediately to tsunami whereas few months back, most of ppl never heard about it

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