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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sinkholes appear in Perak Malaysia,

IPOH, Jan 10 (Bernama) -- Seven sinkholes appeared in Perak, with six around here, after the massive underwater earthquake in north Sumatra on Dec 26.

State Mineral and Geoscience Department director Mohamed Noor Ayoob said his department had still not establish the actual link for the appearance of the sinkholes with the earthquake but did not rule out the possibility the sinkhole incidents were related to the earthquake.

Of the seven sinkholes, the biggest, measuring 300m by 100m, appeared in a jackfruit orchard at Kampung Kuboi in Jeram, Kampar, which was quite unique in that 45 sinkholes of various sizes sprouted till last Wednesday.

"There is a possibility the seven sinkholes are related to the earthquake but this is the first time many sinkholes appeared at one time.

Before the earthquake, there was no reports of sinkholes emerging in big numbers," he told reporters Monday.

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