Expert: No new discovery of fault line in Malaysia
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.”