PETALING JAYA: A weak earthquake measuring at 3.0 on the Richter scale has been recorded in Sabah on Thursday morning, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department.
“A weak earthquake has occured at 07:20am at a depth 10km, in Sabah, 20km northeast of Ranau. Tremors were felt in Ranau,” it said in a brief statement on its website, www.met.gov.my.
The Department on Wednesday recorded another 3.2-magnitude earthquake near Ranau at 6.05pm.
This follows Friday’s quake which measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale. The quake, which also took place in the Ranau area, claimed 18 lives.
It had also been reported on Wednesday that panic gripped villagers living around the foothills of Mount Kinabalu when boulders and rocks began rolling down close to their homes.
Some said they were preparing to evacuate as rivers flowing from the mountain began to foam up.
Some reported seeing hundreds of dead fish floating.
Landslides have also been occurring over the past 24 hours at Kampung Kiau.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) geologist Dr Felix Tongkul said the landslides and foam on rivers were the after effects of Friday’s earthquake.
He said a heavy downpour dislodged boulders, rock and soil that were earlier loosened by the earthquake.
He said landslides could “dam up” rivers flowing down from Mount Kinabalu and that this could lead to a disastrous situation.
“Those living downstream of these rivers should take extra precautions as flash floods could occur,” Dr Felix added.
On the foam, Dr Felix said this could be an indication of a high concentration of minerals from the mountain leaching into the rivers.