15 seismic stations for Sabah
Published on: Friday, August 07, 2015
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Kota Kinabalu: Newly-appointed Science, Technology and InnovationMinister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau on Thursday said around 15 seismic sensing stations would be installed in Sabah. "There is the plan by the Government," he said, confirming that the installation would be done by this year.

Plans to install the sensing stations were mooted following the 5.9-magnitude earthquake on June 5 that caused avalanches of boulders and rocks, killing 18 people. The mountain had also been rattled by more than 100 aftershocks, thereafter.

On July 26, Universiti Malaysia Sabah geologist Dr Felix Tongkul said he hadforwarded the suggestion to the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry.

The mini seismic monitoring system would be able to pick up movements on Mount Kinabalu and relay the data to the centre, either at Kinabalu Park headquarters or any other location, he said.

"Such equipment is needed because even if there are no more quakes oraftershocks, small movements on the mountain are still possible."

Prime Minister Datuk Seri NajibTun Razak gave the greenlight for theinstallation of the seismic equipment on the mountain during a visit to theKinabalu Park following the earthquake.


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