Earthquake Changes Malaysia's Natural MovementPeninsular Malaysia moving in wrong direction after Dec 26 quake
By Fay Angela D?Cruz and Anita Anandarajah
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs:
PENINSULAR Malaysia is moving in the wrong direction. It should be shifting eastward, but since the Dec 26 earthquake, it has been moving westward.
Survey and Mapping Department data show that tidal waves from Sumatra have dragged the Sunda Plate (on which the peninsula sits) westward.
This is unusual, as the plate had been shifting eastward by 3cm every year.
The southern tip of Johor has moved 2cm westward. In the north, Langkawi has shifted 18cm westward toward the epicenter of the earthquake.
Survey and Mapping Department (Jupem) director-general Datuk Hamid Ali said the shift in land mass was not significant enough to require redrawing the map of the country.
Comment : This is pretty scary, imagine the power of the quake. Previously we never had earthquakes in Penang, but this year we seem to feel them every other month.