Friday, July 25, 2008


Sabah faces small, moderate earthquakes threat


Sabah has been identified as having potential for earthquakes based on the regular aftershocks following tremors in neighbouring countries, Dewan Negara was told yesterday. Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof said a seismic study by the Malaysian Science Academy (MSA) and the latest information said the earthquake expected in Sabah and Sarawak would be small to moderate in magnitude while the One in Peninsula would be small. The seismic study by MSA would be ready by Sept 30, be said when replying to a question by Senator Wan Ramlah Wan Ahmad on the possibility of strong earthquakes hitting the country, following the tremors in Bukit Tinggi, Genting last year. Fadillah said the study concluded that Sabah has potential for regular earthquakes of 4.0-6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, small to strong moderate as there were several active fault lines namely Mensaban, Crocker, Tabin and Lobou. “In Sarawak, the potential for earthquake is expected in the 3.5- 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, small and moderate, because of the active Tubau fault line.” He said Peninsular Malaysia was stable from the seismotectonic aspect with the expected earthquake at 2.5-3.5 magnitude on the Richter scale due to the fault line at Bukit Tinggi. Replying to a supplementary question by Wan Ramlah, Fadillah said information on earthquakes will be channelled via Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and SMS to all TV and radio stations. “We also have an early warning system in the case of earthquake or tsunami with 14 stations nationwide, three more are being built, and two buoys already in place.” He added 14 cameras were installed along beaches with 13 more being installed making a total of 27 cameras.

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