KUCHING: A seismotectonic map showing earthquake fault lines in Sarawak drawn up in 2006 by Minerals and Geoscience Department in Sabah shows the site of the proposed Baram Dam is in the close vicinity of two fault lines.
This was disclosed by Alexander Yan the former director of Minerals and Geoscience department to The Borneo Post in Kota Kinabalu on Monday on the sidelines of a briefing on the recent earthquake in Kundasang/Ranau which claimed 18 lives.
“If the fault lines are active, don’t build the dam. Active faults are capable of major tremors.
“The fundamental is hydropower stations should not be built on earthquake generating fault lines” Yan cautioned.
However, Yan who was recently appointed a member of the Board of Geologists Malaysia and also a member of Institute of Geology Malaysia said the fault lines need to be defined and added that a fault line study must be carried out before the construction of Baram Dam or any mega dam.