Professor Taiki Saito, Director of Research Center for Collaborative Area Risk Management, Department of Architectura and Civil Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan visited the School of Civil Engineering on 12 October 2015. During his trip to USM, he visited the heavy structures laboratory and delivered a technical talk on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the response of the controlled buildings during the event to academic staff and students. A meeting with the dean, the coordinator and representatives from Disaster Research Nexus (DRN) was held after the technical talk on matters related to the USM-TUT academic and research collaboration and the co-hosting of IGNITE 2017.
At 7:15 am on 5 June 2015, a moderate earthquke with a 5.9 magnitude struck Sabah. It is the strongest earthquake that has hit Malaysia in 39 years since 1976 Lahad Datu earthquake (Mw = 5.8). The earhquake occurred due to strike-slip fault mechanism with the epicenter depth of 10 km. Tremors were felt in Ranau, Kundasang, Tambunan, Pendalaman, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud in Sabah.
DRN deployed two survey teams to conducted damage assessment in the earthquake affected areas in Ranau and Kundasang on the 8 June 2015 and 15-17 June 2015. The teams consist of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Taksiah A. Majid, Dr. Lau Tze Liang, Dr. Tan Chee Ghuan and Mr. Mohd. Irwan Adiyanto. These post-earthquake surveys were conducted with other higher institutions in Malaysia such as Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sabah Malaysia.
Post-Earthquake Survey on 8 June 2015 and 15-17 June 2015