Ex­pert: No new dis­cov­ery of fault line in Malaysia

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

KUANTAN: The pub­lic is urged to stop spread­ing fake in­for­ma­tion about new fault lines, which sup­pos­edly puts Malaysia at risk of fac­ing ma­jor earth­quakes.

In­sti­tute of Ge­ol­ogy Malaysia mem­ber Ah­mad Rosli Oth­man P. Geol said there had never been any dis­cov­ery of any new fault line by lo­cal ex­perts.

He said it was not easy to iden­tify fault lines as such things were iden­ti­fied be­low the ground and re­quired care­ful read­ings and re­search.

He said Malaysia had cer­tain ge­o­log­i­cal fea­tures formed hun­dreds of years ago, but these were non-ac­tive.

He said only “small-scale” ac­tiv­ity oc­curred in these fea­tures due to the re­lease of bod­ies of wa­ter at dams or stress that hap­pens on the earth’s plates.

The fake news was spread fol­low­ing the re­cent earth­quake in Su­lawesi, In­done­sia.

It claimed that there was a new fault line span­ning Shah Alam, Se­lan­gor, to Bukit Tinggi, Pa­hang, which in­cluded highly-pop­u­lated ar­eas in Petaling, Kuala Lumpur and Hulu Klang.

The mes­sage claimed there was a sec­ond fault line span­ning Ranau to La­had Datu, Sabah and a third one be­tween the straits of Melaka to Man­jung, Perak.

Rosli said there were three main fault lines in the penin­sula, known as the Bok­bak fault line from Perlis to Ipoh, Perak, the fault zone be­tween Ben­tong to Raub, Pa­hang and the Be­bir fault zone be­tween Tumpat, Ke­lan­tan and Jo­hor Baru, Jo­hor.

“These fault lines are non-ac­tive, but there have been smallscale tremors in two lo­ca­tions each in Pa­hang (Bukit Tinggi and Lepar) and Tereng­ganu (Bal­ing and Kuala Berang) that were pos­si­bly caused by the re­lease of large bod­ies of wa­ter or stress points on the earth’s plates.

“The in­ci­dent in In­done­sia was due to the area be­ing within the Pa­cific ‘ring of fire’.

“It is nor­mal for earth­quakes to oc­cur in the area.

“These in­clude ma­jor and mi­nor earth­quakes.”

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