According to The Star, people in the southern coastal districts along the West Coast of Sabah as well as in Lawas, Sarawak, and Brunei Darussalam claimed to have heard and felt a “strange explosion” at about 11am, Sunday (31 Jan).
Social media has been abuzz about the explosion that came with earth-shattering sound and tremors. Residents in the Sipitang and Beaufort districts of Sabah and Labuan claimed to have been alarmed by the explosion that lasted around 10 seconds.
Authorities are still trying to determine the source of a blast.
TV3 reported that a witness, Amz Awie, saw something that looked like an explosion in the sky, followed by the noise.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani confirmed that there was no bomb detonation or disposal activity in the area done by the police. He also noted that besides social media, no official complaints from the public had been received.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali, on the other hand, said that he had contacted risk areas such as the Asian Supply Base, the Petronas Chemical Methanol and the Shell Hibiscus plants but all are clear.
In a statement today (1 Feb), Petronas wrote that all the national petroleum company personnel and assets in Sabah are safe while day-to-day operations are being carried out as usual in the normal course of business.
Besides that, navy officials said that they had not conducted any exercise that required explosives. An official who declined to be named said, “The only large scale exercise we had was the Borneo War training on Jan 28 but there were no explosives used and it was only a one-day programme”.
Although the Malaysian Meteorological Department Sabah said they did not detect any occurrence of an earthquake or seismic activity, the National Seismic Council (NSC) of Brunei Darussalam has detected a Moderate Seismic Activity at 11.03 AM (JRDB Station) that is not caused by an earthquake or natural tremor.
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