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Published: Thursday November 22, 2012 MYT 1:44:00 PM
Updated: Thursday November 22, 2012 MYT 4:26:04 PM

Malaysia monitored for earthquakes by 25 sensors

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 25 sensors will be set up nationwide to detect earthquakes in Malaysia, said Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Fadillah Yusof.

Of the sensors, 15, consisting of strong motion seismic sensors, have been installed of which 10 are located in the Klang Valley.

The other 20 will be installed by 2014, Fadillah told Hamim Samuri (BN-Ledang) in the Dewan Rakyat.

The installation of the sensors were made after a RM3.37mil study carried out by National Science Academy in 2009 to gauge earthquake and tsunami risks in the country.

The study found that Sarawak and Sabah face moderate risk to earthquakes while the Peninsula at low risk.

Fadillah noted that specific monitoring was also carried out in Lahad Datu and Ranau in Sabah and Bukit Tinggi in Pahang.

"Based on records from September to November, earthquakes measuring lower than 4 on the Richter scale were detected in Beluran, Kota Marudu, Tambunan and Kudat.

He said the National Engineering Institute had also issued a Malaysian Building Code for the construction of future buildings and critical structures to withstand earthquakes.

"For example, it has been proposed that the seismic natural rubber bearings be used in the construction the Penang Second Bridge," he added.

He added that the global positioning system and remote sensing monitoring have been in place to monitor tsunamis and the possible impact.

This include a 10-minute advance warning for tsunamis based on the global tsunami warning system had been in place.

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