Geologist: Weak quakes in Ranau no cause for worry


Geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul.

KOTA KINABALU: The two weak earthquakes that happened two hours apart near Mount Kinabalu on Sunday (April 18) night are not a cause for concern, says geologist Dr Felix Tongkul.

"These small-magnitude earthquakes are quite common in this region," he said when contacted on Monday (April 19) over public concerns that a stronger earthquake might follow the two mild earthquakes.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department recorded the first earthquake at 11.10pm. It measured 2.8 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10km with an epicentre about 11km from Ranau.

The second quake was at 1.05am on Monday (April 19), and measured 2.7 on the Richter Scale.

It was recorded at a depth of 13km with an epicentre about 14km west of Ranau.

Kinabalu Park manager Yassin Miki said climbing activities at Mount Kinabalu, in the Ranau district, were not disrupted by the earthquakes.

"There has been no impact on the mountain and areas around it. Climbing activities are going on as usual," he added.

The two weak earthquakes were barely felt by residents in Ranau, about 100km from here.

Authorities including the Fire and Rescue Services Department said no distress calls were received in connection with the two earthquakes.

In 2015, a 6.1 earthquake at Mount Kinabalu claimed 18 lives, including students from Singapore. It also caused severe structural damage to buildings in Ranau and neighbouring districts.

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