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Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 9:33:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 9:51:51 PM

Meteorological Department says no tsunami

Thousands of fish were reported jumping out of the sea onto land in Sabah.

Thousands of fish were reported jumping out of the sea onto land in Sabah.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Meteorological Department said no seismic activity has been recorded off the coast of Lahad Datu, where earlier, thousands of fish were reported jumping out of the sea onto land, Tuesday morning.

Its director-general Che Gayah Ismail said though such an incident was usually seen as a sign of a possible tsunami, the department said no red flags have been raised in its detection centres there.

However, Che Gayah was puzzled at what could have caused the strange occurrence.

"From our data, this has actually happened before in Lahad Datu a couple of years ago. I do not know what could be causing this off hand, we will have to study more than just the online video," she told The Star.

Murmurs online of a possible tsunami spread among netizens after a two and a half minute video was uploaded to YouTube of what appears to be schools of fish splashing around in shallow waters by the beach and launching themselves out onto land.

The video was reportedly filmed by a villager in Pulau Tambisan.

On Dec 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquakes caused a devastating tsunami that killed thousands in Indonesia, Thailand and 12 other countries surrounding the Indian Ocean.

Tags / Keywords: Sabah, No Tsunami, Met Dept


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