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KOTA KINABALU: Lives could have been saved if a proposal by the Sabah Minerals and Geoscience Department to install an earthquake monitoring system was put in place in 2013.

Sabah Minerals and Geoscience Department’s former director Alexander Yan told The Borneo Post in an exclusive interview yesterday that had the proposal been given the nod, lives could have been saved from the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mount Kinabalu on Friday and claimed 18 lives.

“Yes, we could have prevented the loss of lives if we have put in place the Global Positional System (GPS) that could detect even slight movements of the earth in the affected area.”

Read more at Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM)'s website;

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