Quake-resistant buildings for Sabah

Quake-resistant buildings for Sabah
A PGA of 0.05g was calculated for Kota Kinabalu, which was 50-60km away from the epicentre of the quake.

PETALING JAYA - The Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) is working with Sirim to develop a standard for earthquake resistant buildings in Sabah.

All building designs will then have to meet the requirements for seismic loading specified by the standard, IEM said in a press statement.

Sirim is the national organisation for standards and quality.

IEM's technical committee on earthquake conducted an analysis immediately after the 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Sabah on June 5.

It examined the level of ground shaking, which is measured in Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA).

A PGA of 0.05g was calculated for Kota Kinabalu, which was 50-60km away from the epicentre of the quake.

That level of ground shaking was said to be consistent with the degree of damage to the buildings there.

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