1976 Sabah earthquake

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1976 Sabah earthquake
1976 Sabah earthquake is located in Malaysia
1976 Sabah earthquake
UTC time1976-07-26 02:56:38
ISC event711657
Local date26 July 1976 (1976-07-26)
Local time10:56 MST (UTC+08:00)[1]
Magnitude6.2 (Mw)[1]
Depth15 km (9.3 mi)[1]
Epicenter4°57′22″N 118°18′29″E / 4.956°N 118.308°E / 4.956; 118.308Coordinates: 4°57′22″N 118°18′29″E / 4.956°N 118.308°E / 4.956; 118.308[1]
Areas affectedTawau Division & Sandakan Division, Sabah, East Malaysia
Max. intensityVII (Very strong)[2]

The 1976 Sabah earthquake occurred at 10:56 am on 26 July near Lahad Datu in the eastern portion of Sabah, Malaysia.[1] The moment magnitude was 6.2, making it the largest earthquake in Malaysia recorded by seismic instruments. While slightly larger than the 2015 Sabah earthquake (Mw  6.0), the 1976 event caused less extensive damage, in the form of cracks on several buildings and ground cracks.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "USGS Event Summary". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database (Data Set), National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  3. ^ "Gempa bumi kuat diramal landa Sabah lagi" [A strong earthquake is predicted to hit Sabah again]. bharian.com.my (in Malay). 23 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2022.

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