05 December 2012 | last updated at 12:23AM
EARTHQUAKE: No imminent danger as shocks are mild, dept to monitor situation
KENINGAU: THE Malaysian Meterological Department yesterday said the Keningau district in the state is located on an active fault area.
This was the reason it registered an earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale on Monday.
A department official explained that the active fault area was a weaker part of earth which had the potential to generate tremors at any time.
"However, the public in Keningau can rest assured that the tremors are mild and not dangerous.
"Our department will continue to monitor and alert people on any signs of an earthquake," he said, adding that the tremors were not the first to occur here.
The official said the worst earthquake which struck the state occurred in 1976 when Lahad Datu registered an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.
Other fault areas which had been identified in the state are located in Kundasang and Ranau districts, as well as Beluran and Labuk town in Sandakan.
In another development in Labuan, Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malik Tussin confirmed that a waterspout had been spotted south of the island between 7.45am and 8.10am yesterday.
"There was a storm when the waterspout occurred but till now we have not received any distress call," he said.