Aid operations are underway to help residents on the Indonesian island of Nias after an earthquake on Monday night which killed about 1,000 people.
The 8.7 magnitude quake came three months after tsunami which killed an estimated 300,000 people in the region.
Indonesia, Australia and Singapore are all sending aid, however poor weather is hampering efforts to reach survivors.
Have lessons been learned from the December quake over aid operations? Have you been affected by the latest quake?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
I was still saddened by the disaster in Aceh last December, where some of my friends were affected by it, now there is another one in Nias. This time it affected two of my friends in Oxford and it has forced them to go home, looking for their family. It has made me feel rather useless as my ability to help is so limited. I can only pray and keep them in my thoughts and encourage others to do the same.
Dhani Shelbyono, Oxford, UK
Indonesia is in mourning. My heart breaks to see this happening again, it's obvious that we Indonesians especially the government haven't learned our lesson yet, even after such a great big major massive tragedy that occured just a few months ago. On behalf of my country, I feel so ashamed. We need to build a system that works to warn people about potential natural catastrophes in order to minimise victims and damages caused. My deepest condolences to the victims and my biggest gratitude to anyone out there who feel sympathy and are willing to help.
Dian Agustino, Jakarta, Indonesia
I was deeply saddened to hear of the latest quake to directly effect the island of Nias, where I was lucky enough to travel to in November 2003. I hold many fond memories of this beautiful island, and especially of the amazing hospitality and generosity of the local Niasians. In the wake of this recent disaster, I feel I just want to give something back to these people in return for the experiences they have given me. I will be looking to return to Nias as soon as possible, either as an aid worker or simply as a visitor to aid money back into this region.
Tom, London, England
I am shocked at the lack of media coverage for this 8.7 magnitude earthquake.It's even more ironic that at lot of attention is given to the nine Australian's rather than the 1000 or so Indonesians who died. Even Michael Jackson's trial (supposedly very important stuff) still tops the headlines. I guess the media have got their priorities all wrong. Have earthquakes become hackneyed enough to fail to attract the attention of the media? Concern and aid won't reach the victims unless the media puts this issue on the top of the list. I appeal to the media to show the same amount of interest for this quake as the December quake.
I was shocked by this terrible news. Even though their economy or the collapsed buildings will recover someday, the pain over losing their family and the horrible memory will accompany them for their whole life. Most of the survivors will feel panic with just a little shake or often wake up during the night as the nightmare repeats again and again. Even though I lived far from it I nevertheless saw their tears and their disappointed faces on TV and my heart felt hurt too. I truly hope that those survivors will recover as soon as possible, not only their lives but also their hearts.
Cheryl, Chiu, Taiwan
I am feeling very sad and sorry for our affected neighbours. I am saying them to be patient and to rely on Allah's aid. I am praying for them.
Shafan Wadood, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Indonesia is in mourning. My heart breaks to see this happening again. It's obvious that we, especially the government, haven't learned our lesson yet, even after such a great big major massive tragedy that occurred just a few months ago! On behalf of my country, I feel so ashamed. We need to build a system that works to warn people about potential natural catastrophes in order to minimize victims and damages caused. My deepest condolences to the victims and my biggest gratitude to anyone out there who feel sympathy and are willing to help.
Dian Agustino, Jakarta, Indonesia
As a neighbour, I am deeply sorry for all the victims and their family members in Nias. Unfortunately, this is an act of god; we cannot do much about it. I hope that the Indonesian government will complete the set up of tsunami and earthquake warning system promised by the government before another tragedy occurs.
I hope that the Aceh militants will take a break for the moment and try to contribute positive efforts to promote peace rather than violent under this difficult situation based on the spirit of humanity. At the same time, I would like to advise to all victims of tsunami and earthquake victims to do more to help each other. Try not to promote any violent and negative elements. Be more devoted to your respective religion.
Do not be deviated from the truth and humanity. Strive to get out from poverty through proper means. Be strong and pay double efforts in whatever your job or business to release yourself from poverty. Finally, I wish all the victims will get out from misery soon and I will try my best to help all of you indirectly too. May peace and happiness be with you.
Jeffrey Ang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I was still saddened by the disaster in Aceh last December, where some of my friends were affected by it, now there is another one in Nias. This time it affected two of my friends in Oxford, and it has forced them to go home, looking for their family. It has made me feel rather useless as my ability to help is so limited. I can only pray, and keep them in my thoughts and encourage others to do the same.
Dhani Shelbyono, Oxford, UK
These people are going through such hell! What I cannot seem to understand is why it is taking so long to get aid to them. Watching people trying to dig out either their dead or still living with primitive tools is heartbreaking.
Mrs MY Crich, Nottingham, UK
I wish to firstly highly commend the BBC for opening out this site almost immediately after the earthquake struck. What usually happens when disaster strikes or is approaching the phone lines get clogged in these regions and people living abroad are completely left in the dark, but sites of this nature help in some form of establishing contact with the situation at home.
I was able to contact my folks back at home at Sri Lanka via the internet when the pending disaster was looming vis a vis this earthquake, and they in turn appraised me of the situation which I was able to spotlight on this site. This opening given by the BBC would have definitely served to enlighten many Sri Lankans of the position back home. We thank God that there was no repeat of the 26th Boxing day Tsunami, and we also should be grateful for the BBC in promptly reacting in a meaningful manner by opening this site. I presume this will be a feature in the future as well in all disaster areas.
Ghouse, Quincy, USA
Lessons have evidently not been learnt by the Indonesian government. United Nations workers have pulled out of Indonesia owing to differences with the government. Indonesia cannot carry out relief work alone. Sending United Nations workers away is only going to exacerbate the situation. With the homeless figures rising and poor weather hampering the efforts to reach survivors it should be crystal clear that the United Nations has a very important role to play.
Pancha Chandra, Brussels, Belgium
As an Indonesian it pains me to see my country go through so much pain and strife. Let us hope that the Indonesian officials ensure that the aid gets to the right people and the right places with as little "leakage" along the way as possible.
Hans Lukiman, Melbourne
In a small fishing village of "Lahewa", a few hours of motorboat or motorbike travel from "Gunung Sitoli" (the capital of predominantly Christian "Nias" island), my aunt Lidwina (75 years old) and her husband/my uncle Sabinus (around the same age) were buried dead in the rubble of their crumpled home in the wake of Monday's devastating 8.7 magnitude earthquake. In the village, there are many other victims, and tens of the dead bodies have been piled up inside the Catholic church there. Please have prayers for them. I have my prayers too for relatives (who might be on the island of Nias) of the honourable Mr DR Jason Lase S Th, M Si (General Director of Christian Compartment of the Department for Religion of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta) that may they be in safe and sound condition by the mercy of God.
Dionysios SH, Pekanbaru, Riau, Sumatera
I was particularly saddened to hear of the earthquake in Nias, as I was there recently working with a medical team from Brazil and partnering with an Indonesian aid organisation. We supplied a lot of medicine, medical equipment and food, as did a team from Singapore. We treated many sick people in our clinics and some of the Singaporean medics worked at the hospital in Sitoli. While there in the village of Sirombo, a German team came to help the local people to clear away the debris caused by the tsunami and start rebuilding. It was a privilege for me to be able to help some of these suffering people. My heart goes out to the people who are now suffering as result of the recent earthquake.
Anne Troughton, Watford UK
It's all very well giving people aid when something like this happens, but if they keep rebuilding what was knocked down, the same as they had it before, loss of life is always going to be inevitable. What these people need are new houses that are really earthquake resistant, and not just cheep and convenient (for their government) versions of what they need to be. It's time we all realised that we have to work with nature, instead of keep trying to defeat it. I'm sure the families of the possible thousand dead would tell you it clearly isn't working.
Jodie, Brighton, UK
Let's hope aid agencies governing bodies ensure the reported 'glut' of cash kindly donated by civilians and Governments are effectively and efficiently utilised to help with this clear-up.
James Godden, Poole, Dorset, UK
Does anyone have any information about Siberut island, the next island south of Nias? I'm desperate to know that the wonderful Mentawi people and the families I stayed with there are safe.
Jon Ryan, Winchester, UK
At 2.10 pm there was an aftershock at 5.2 on the Richter scale. We felt rumbles and the screen and TV was shaking.
Last week I sent message about Nias, how people in the world always mention Banda Aceh all the time when I tried to remind people about Nias as another place which has been hit by the tsunami as well, however no foreign aid has ever reached that place. We, the small community of Indonesian people in the UK, have been trying to get help to be sent to Nias, we did fundraising etc for them. And today, at last Nias has been mentioned in the media. Not in the good news... but I do hope it will open people eyes about their suffering after the tsunami.
It was terrifying as over 300 persons were using the fire escape to run downstairs. We live on the 9th floor.
Anne Raja, Malacca, Malaysia
I was at my computer when I felt dizzy, and I thought I was swaying in my chair. I thought I had stayed up too late and perhaps hallucinating. I shut down the computer and went to the toilet but the swaying motion, like being on a ship, and the dizziness persisted. The possibility of an earthquake did cross my mind as I have experienced another previously in California. I went to sleep shortly after. On waking up this morning, I checked in with BBC and read about the earthquake. I checked the time it happened and it was indeed the time I felt dizzy, which was just after midnight.
Lancelot Lee, Singapore
I got a phone call from my brother around midnight warning us about the tsunami risk. The radio was already issuing tsunami warnings, asking people to stay away from beaches and to head for higher ground if we were too close to the sea. Many coastal villagers headed for the highlands, the municipality of a town in the highlands had to open in the middle of the night to accommodate frightened people.
Three hotels in the north evacuated completely. Here in Mauritius we take such warnings very seriously, since we are accustomed to frequent visits from cyclones. In fact we had a near miss by a cyclone only last week. This tsunami warning was a real life emergency drill, and I believe the reaction was excellent.
Sandhya, Port Louis, Mauritius
The Earthquake was the biggest ever. I thought my house was going to collapse.
We were sitting inside our house chatting when suddenly we felt something really shaking us. We ran out of the house and on the way we saw the water in the swimming pool creating waves. It was a terrible moment.
I was with a group from the USA that finished tsunami relief and medical mission to the island of Nias. We left on March 19. We made many friends in the two weeks we were there and are very concerned about this assault on the poor people of Nias. I am disappointed that all I read is primarily interviewing people from other countries and from the larger island of Sumatra. Please give us news of Nias!
Also, we were told when we were there that the government was filling their pockets with the relief money and the people really needing the money were not getting what was sent to the government. We need more independent agencies helping these people rather than turning the money over to the government. Thanks for listening!
Linda Hamm, Mulvane, KS, USA
I had just finished and I was sitting on our sofa thinking about going to bed, when I suddenly noticed that I was being gently rocked back and forth and the CD rack on the other side of the living-room was swaying gently as if with the wind. There was no wind and it went on for a couple of minutes. It was obviously an earthquake, but far enough away that most people here were not woken by it.
Ian Prescott, Singapore
I was working on my laptop at my hotel room desk, when I felt a swaying motion that I assumed was just tiredness. After a few seconds the motion started to increase until the hotel was swaying from side to side. The quake continued for what felt like several minutes - during which my wife and I sheltered in a doorway then made our way outside. Our hearts were pounding for some time afterwards.
Hugh Poynton, Staying in Penang
I was having a good time with my friends when one of them came to us and told that Sumatra was hit by an earthquake and the tremor was felt as far as Kuala Lumpur. Having families in Malaysia, we all checked the internet for updates, and some of us even called home. Most of our families live in link houses, they told us that they didn't feel anything. Thank God no further damage occurred.
Kamil Ibrahim, Southampton, UK
I feel sad last night when I heard about the quake strikes on again. I'm Indonesian but I live abroad and I feel powerless in helping the people back home. Please help the Indonesian government in rebuilding the victims area.
Laura Iskandar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After experiencing the Boxing Day tsunami in Patong, Phuket I couldn't believe it to hear of another not far from the last epicentre. I have suppressed many memories from Dec 26 and can only wish the survivors some kind of peace in their lives.
Last night (28 March) I was staying in the UN tent camp at the tsunami-devastated town of Calang along the west coast of Sumatra (I am on a project preparation mission for rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion). At about 11:30pm local time we experienced strong tremors lasting 15-20 seconds. Soon after, we were told by UN staff to get up and proceed to the top of a nearby hill in case of an ensuing tsunami(access steps had already been prepared in advance). After waiting for further instructions (in pouring rain), we were allowed to return to the camp at about 1:30 this morning (29 March). However, at about 5am the UN authorities in Banda Aceh told us to get to the top of the hill again (despite us not feeling any further tremors). Soon after dawn, it was announced that the danger lapse time for a tsunami to occur had passed, and we were free to return to the camp (to a very welcome cup of coffee). Only by accessing the BBC website did I later learn of the damage and loss of life caused by last night's earthquake. The Acehenese people (and others) are suffering too much.
Roger Jackson, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
My brother phoned me last night at 8.10pm our time and asked if I had the news on and he asked me what on earth was going on. He is in Sri Lanka based in a place called Godagama and they were not told about evacuating further inland till about an hour before he phoned me.
Frances Hunter, Fife, Scotland
My parents and sisters are on holiday at Patong Beach, Thailand. I spent three anxious hours waiting for news of a tsunami. There was a dearth of information, the only piece being from the initial Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. My parents continuously phoned for news while they sat until 400am with other holidaymakers and the press in a bar halfway up the mountain. It is ridiculous that there is still no public service for alerts and monitoring in the Indian Ocean. Surely an internet link to monitoring stations would help get good quality news and advice out quickly?
Damian Lewis, Manchester, UK
The quake was felt here. The owner of the guesthouse late last night saw the water in the swimming pool sway and he froze. After seeing the same thing happen on the morning of December 26th he knew what was happening. Mobiles starting ringing from people on the mainland telling us of a quake in Sumatra. Within an hour or so everyone had got the news around and had evacuated to higher ground. If a tsunami had hit the coast of Phi Phi again we believe everyone would have been saved due to rapid newscasts and word of mouth.
Matt, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
My partner is out in Phuket, Thailand on body recovery for 2 weeks, I got a call last night saying he was being evacuated from his beach front hotel to high ground for fear of tsunami. Then they told them it was all clear then another warning came to say they feared a Tsunami would hit at 6am and told to go back to high ground. Eventually they were given the all clear to return to the hotel. Is this the end of it? So many people predict another tsunami; it's hard to know what to do. This will certainly ruin the economy now, I would not like to go for fear of this happening again and I just want my partner home and safe.
Maxine, Crewe, UK
I was asleep when something woke me up. I felt the bed sway back and forth unmistakeably. That's when I registered that the noise in the background was of people screaming and shouting on the ground floor to us still high above in our apartments. My partner and I quickly gathered wallets, keys and mobile phones and made our way downstairs to confusion and panic. Many people were leaving the apartment compound in their cars - with packed bags in tow. Others were just milling around, asking each other questions no one knew the answers to and trying to call friends and families. After a while, many experienced difficulties with all the phone networks getting swamped. Finally received news on the radio at 1.30am that it was an earthquake off Sumatra.
E Malim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I live in the condo next door to the Petronas Twin Towers, I felt nothing, and did not know about this earthquake until my daughter phoned from Europe to see if I was alright, having viewed CNN, so one little girl panicked for nothing. Can people please get things in to perspective, December was a major event, and terrible as it was it will happen again one day, but don't live your life waiting for it. As i keep saying here in KL the biggest danger is being literally being 'hit by a bus'.
For Kelvin, Malaysia: Sorry for "one little girl panicked for nothing". It's a pity that in coastal and off coast of Sumatera, the biggest danger is being literally being 'hit dead by your own roof' or by 'waves next door'.
Mulakhir, Sumatera, Indonesia
I live on the 15th floor and it is within 6 km from KL City Centre. My husband woke me up at 12.15 am and said "earthquake". I could feel the building swayed back and forth gently. My bathroom lamp also swayed back and forth. The tremor lasted for 30 seconds and, it was stronger than 26 December earthquakes. Many people rushed down using the stairs and I could see from the balcony that many people gather outside the apartment building. I turned on the TV to see if there is any news. It was worrying but not frightening.
Katherine , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I live on the 15th floor of a 17 floor apartment. I was on my bed napping with the TV on. Then I was woken at 12.30 am when I feel some swaying motion. I sat up in bed and it got worse. I heard children yelling and running outside on the corridor. I thought they were just excited coming home from a night out, and I thought the swaying motion was caused by the stampede. I closed my window and hope they would be quiet and let me have some sleep. The tremors lasted about 40 seconds. Then I went back to sleep but I could hear the newscaster's words on the TV says 'tremors', 'high rise building', 'west coast Malaysia' and 'Sumatra'. I got up at once and I log on to internet and sure enough there were news about Sumatra's earthquake. I just thought, not again and not so soon. I opened my window and I can see other residents were gathering at the parking lot. As the tremor is over, I stayed in the house and pray the building won't collapse.
Suraya, Cheras, Malaysia
After just having had terrorist threats and living in a high rise popular with ex-pats just around the corner from the Petronas towers our initial fears were that the shaking and noise were somehow terror related. After about30 seconds we realized that there had been no blast and the rocking of the building must be happening because of a quake. Our immediate thoughts then were that there must have been another large quake near Indonesia as had been predicted. It was a very scary night.
Christina Morgan, KL Malaysia
I was sitting in my room on 11th floor, chatting with my friends, when suddenly, at about 12:15A.M., I could feel the ground shaking. It lasted pretty long, longer than usual. The effect was more profound on the lowermost floors. My room-mates and I fled, choosing to take the fire-escape stair-route plan rather than the elevator. We came back only an hour later when the fears subsided. We checked the net straight away to find out about the epicentre and the strength of the earthquake. News updates revealed that a possible tsunami was expected (as before).It got a bit scary but all thoughts cleared away soon after.
Shimul Sachdeva, Singapore
I live on the 23rd floor and I was almost ready to go to bed when the hanging wall pictures started moving. I could then feel the swaying motion which went on for at least a minute. Other people in the block were shouting, presumably feeling it might get worse (as I did). I woke my eldest son and we turned on the TV to see if we could find out more.
Chris Ebborn, Georgetown, Malaysia
I could feel the chair I was sitting on trembling, and I could feel a sort of low rumbling too. I asked my husband - what is it? An earthquake? Is it a really huge airplane? And I went to the window to see if there was anything in the sky. This low tremor I felt for about a minute. I had felt the one in December also from Ubud. That time it was a side-to side motion and I was sure it was an earthquake. This one was a small shake.
Mitzi, Ubud, Bali
I'm a student and I live in campus hostel. It was around midnight and I was trying to sleep then suddenly I felt my bed shaking. First I thought I'm just being weird and just then I heard other students running and screaming earthquake, I quickly jumped off my bed, stumbled and almost fell as I grabbed the door, opened it and ran outside not knowing what's coming but trying to get to an open ground. All the students were deeply shocked as everyone is pretty stressed having the finals round the corner. As I reached the nearest football field I saw almost everyone was there, some holding each other's hands and some praying, as if it was the end.
Mama, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
When I got the news it was around 11.40pm. My mother was at my sister's place at Matara. I called my mother and asked them to evacuate. When I called my mother today morning she said that they were on a slab for a whole night.
Deepika, Matara, Sri Lanka
I live within 5 miles of the Petronas Twin Towers, the downtown centre of Kuala Lumpur, I was in my ground floor apartment at the time of the quake, felt nothing at all, nor did my home shake. It makes me wonder whether people this far away in Kuala Lumpur really felt a tremor or merely wanted to, due to the heightened fears of Dec 26 Tsunami fresh in our minds. It is sad this has happened again, and yes, this area is vulnerable and may again be caught off guard, but I am confident Kuala Lumpur which is in-land is perfectly safe.
Richard Good, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This was the largest earthquake I have felt in my life. The building swayed back and forth gently at 12:16 am by my cell phone clock. I thought I was dizzy, rushed out to the balcony and sure enough, the swaying was not my imagination. The Bomba (fire truck) and police whizzed by in a few minutes to nearby Multimedia University. So this is how an earthquake feels. Too many recent tragedies. I pray for the people of Indonesia.
SG, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
I know this isn't newsworthy but I work in KL and a quick straw poll of fellow workers in the office would suggest that only a couple of people felt anything last night. In fact one of the people concerned thought it was traffic noise and went back to bed. Buildings in KL centre are still standing and life goes on very much as usual apart from the usual discussion of "did you feel it". The overwhelming answer to which is no. Just helping to provide a balanced report and not to cause family and friends in the UK and elsewhere undue distress.
Chris Milton, KL, Malaysia
Last night's quake was less powerful than the one in December. Nevertheless, we run out of our building, that is located by the beach (since the area was affected by the December tsunami). We slept at friends house far away from the costal area.
Enrico Magosso (Italian expat), Penang, Malaysia
We felt the tremor here in Singapore. At 12:15am just as we were getting ready to go to bed, the room (we are on the 14th floor) started to sway. The curtains were moving from side to side - a sure sign of a tremor. It lasted for about 2 mins with a strong tremor, a few minor tremors, another strong tremor and finally some smaller tremors. It was worrying, but not frightening.
I was chatting online when my chair shook. I just stared at my chair for 2 seconds, and looked back at the computer screen. I thought i was having some dizzy spells. But no, the chair shook again. For a moment, i thought there were ghosts! That was the first time I experienced tremors. I called out to my housemate to ask if she felt the same thing too and she said she did. A quick check around with my friends who were online at the time confirmed that tremors were felt throughout the western coast of the country.
Minnie, PJ, Malaysia
My parents are staying in a beach resort on Koh Lanta near to Krabi and have been evacuated to higher ground. Many locals have also evacuated with all of their possessions. After initial panic, there seems to be a lot more calm.
Daren Poole, Bangkok, Thailand
I live on the 17th floor in Singapore and I woke up with the chimes in my bedroom ringing wildly. First I thought it's the wind and got to check up. When I found it difficult to even walk I realised it's a big earthquake. I took shelter under the beams. Surprisingly not many people got up around where I live, and only a few lights came on to check what's happening.
We were sitting inside our house, chatting. Suddenly we felt something really shaking us. We ran out of the house. On the way we saw the water in the swimming pool creating waves. It was a terrible moment
The population living on the coast has started moving inland. Some are sleeping in their cars, others are going to sleep at friends' or relatives' inland. Hotels are considering evacuating.
S Goburdhun, Mauritius
I am now at Colombo beach area and all the people are very vigilant to face a tsunami and its furious experience in the past. All of our country people are sleepless.
Selvakumar, Sri Lanka, Colombo
Much the same as before - total chaos, people fleeing the bars as it was 1 am when we first heard, confusion to what it was about, some thought bomb scare, but soon realised tsunami, many fled to the hill tops, but some stayed put, five bars open in Banglar Road, everybody else closed, business owners are already saying the damage has already been done, even without the tsunami.
J Vivash, Patong Beach, Thailand (UK expat)
I was able to contact my folks back in Colombo by internet who stay on the coastline and they say the whole coastal area is under alert and although it's 2 am there everybody is awake listening to the TV and radio waiting to see if they have to evacuate. There are also reports people are going towards the sea beach area to see if the tide is receding as a sign of the Tsunami as happened last time, but the police are trying to keep them away, nevertheless many are around the beach front watching the ocean for reactions if it occurs.
Ghouse, Quincy, Massachusetts
I'm in Riau province, Indonesia, about 500 km from Medan. I was watching TV when I noticed the chandelier started swaying, then the whole house swayed. Since we've never experienced earthquakes in this region, I immediately thought there must be a major one happening in Aceh or North Sumatra. Friends from Malaysia informed that they experienced tremors as well and had to be evacuated from their apartments. Hopefully there won't be any tsunami this time around.
FMH, Riau, Indonesia
This proves that the first one wasn't an isolated incident and the region is prone to tectonic shifts. Governments concerned need to step up their measures for early warnings systems throughout the region.
I felt the shaking. I thought it would go away after a few seconds but it didn't so I woke my parents and we ran down the stairs. This is not the first time we have done this but it was definitely the worst quake we have felt here in Penang. During the 26 December earthquake we were not in Penang but I was told that today's was stronger than last year's.
Ben V, Penang, Malaysia
I just started my night shift duty at IBM building 7th floor and then I felt my chair was shaking. We all quickly ran down to evacuation area. I was in this building as well when the previous earthquake occurred but this one is definitely greater than the last one. I pray for people in Sumatra survived this..
Kamal Hisham, Kuala Lumpur
It was around midnight. The city was quiet, bedding down for the night. And then came the now familiar feeling. Our tall apartment block started swaying - strong, deliberate trembling. The wooden wind chimes clashed discordantly; glasses on the draining board tinkled; the panicked voices of our neighbours betrayed rising alarm. Ninety seconds is a very long time in an earthquake. You think about many things in that time. We hid for some seconds, perhaps half a minute, under the big wooden divan but, to me at least, that seemed to make us more vulnerable. "Let's get out of here." So we grabbed keys, shoes, and ran down the stairs - turning, turning on ourselves down 16 storeys. Halfway down I caught up with my friend Seth who was struggling to carry his son. He handed him over and I carried the small, sleeping boy - innocently unaware of the panic around him - deadweight in my arms. We reached the ground level where hundreds and hundreds had gathered on the street. We waited. Neighbours began to call friends elsewhere - there had been damage all over the country. Slowly the panic died as people murmured quietly to each other, consoling and grateful. After an age we returned to the flat, switched on the television as the story broke across the world's media, telephoned friends. I suddenly think fiercely of my friend Mai Lin who is on an archaeological dig near Kerinci in the middle of Sumatra - I can only hope that she and Sophie, her little daughter, are safe tonight. I can only hope that everyone finds sanctuary in this dark tropical night.
Gareth A Richards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I live in Cyberjaya. We felt the tremors just around midnight. From the 7th floor where I live we went down the stairs too afraid to take the lift. Sort of a stampede near the staircase. Then all of us gathered down. Most of us were students from the Multimedia University. I quickly called my parents who are in Sri Lanka and warned them of a possible tsunami.
Nashad Najimudeen, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
I grabbed my sister and quickly ran out of the apartment and joined in with my brother and my cousins outside. Then the fire alarm rang and I heard some people say that the building was going to collapse! ...About half hour later, we were told that we had just experienced an earthquake with a scale of 8.2 and there was a crack! The thing was that I didn't feel anything but my friends who were staying at 18th & 17th floor felt a strong vibration and someone from that floor informed the people downstairs. At around 3am we were told that the residents of Block A and B are allowed to go in as it was safe. But the residents of Block C had to wait. It is quite an experience that I would never forget while studying here in Malaysia. I'm just thankful that my family members are all safe and pray to God that no major disaster would occur as we're certainly not yet recovering from 26 December.
Mira, Bandar Utama, Malaysia
I woke up at 12.30am when my waterbed felt like I was being tossed in the sea. This new quake is worse then the last. I am 100 km north-west of Kuala Lumpur 30Km from the coast.
Dr Ahmad, Sabak Bernam Malaysia
With the latest news about another earthquake today (Easter Monday), at least let's hope that the cash and the aid is already in place to do some good as soon as it is needed this time.
Hopefully the NGOs of the world would be prepared this time on, to save lives and help the worst affected people which as always happen to be poorest of the world.
Girish, Washington DC