POLITEKNIK Ungku Omar staff were shaken when they felt a tremor and what sounded like an explosion yesterday.
Its deputy director, Muhamad Zubir Mohd Hanifah, said he was in a meeting with a few other staff when he felt the tremor.
He said the tremor, which lasted for about a minute, rattled the doors and windows in the room.
“We were stunned and speechless for while. After the situation returned to normal, we thought our staff who were shifting things in the building had dropped something heavy,” he said.
Mohamad Zubir said minutes later, Fire and Rescue Department personnel arrived after a staff contacted them.
“Firemen conducted checks on the buildings where they found nothing amiss and left after 15 minutes,” he said.
Mohamad Zubir said students were on their semester break since the end of last month and there were only about 400 people at the institute yesterday.
It is learned that the tremor was also felt in Gunung Rapat and other places in the Kinta Valley.
A spokesman for the Ipoh fire station said they were unable to confirm the cause of the tremor.
The Meteorological Department ruled out the possibility of an earthquake.
A spokesman said its Ipoh station recorded an unusual wave between 11.10am and 11.20am.
“The characteristic of the wave was abnormal and confined to Ipoh, pointing to a local cause due to an activity in the area,” he told The Malay Mail.
At press time the authorities were still unable to confirm the cause of the tremor.
08 June 2012
Unusual tremor rocks Ipoh
IPOH: A tremor shook several areas in the city yesterday causing panic and confusion among the people.
The tremor started at 11.15am and lasted several minutes.
It could be felt in several parts of the city and its surrounding areas, including Tambun, Gunung Rapat and Pasir Pinji.
Politeknik Ungku Omar deputy director of academic support Mohd Zubir Mohd Hanifah said he was at a meeting when the tremor struck.
"We could feel the vibration for between two and three minutes.
"However, there was no report of damage to property. This is the first time I have felt such an unusual tremor," he said at the polytechnic yesterday.
Zubir said the Fire and Rescue Department, which was informed about the incident, turned up at the polytechnic to investigate, but did not find any problems.
A spokesman for the department confirmed receiving a call from the polytechnic and immediately sent its personnel to conduct checks.
According to an employee of the National Security Council here, the tremor might have been caused by quarry activities. The Meteorological Department spokesman said it did not receive any report of the tremor.
It was also speculated that the tremor could have been caused by an explosion from an army exercise.
Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said police had yet to ascertain the cause of the tremor.
"Until now, we have not received any report from anyone with regard to any explosion which may have caused the tremor."