The Malaysian Meteorology Department (MMD) is expected to install additional tsunami monitoring and warning systems in Sabah this year, said Sabah MMD director Abdul Malik Tussin.

A seismic station aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the earthquake detection system in real-time was being build in Sepulut, Sabah as an addition to the five stations in the state, Director Abdul Malik Tussin was quoted by Bernama news agency as saying.

The five seismic stations in Sabah were situated in Tawau, Lahad Datu, Telupid, Kudat and Laumandau, he added.

With the completion of the station in Sepulut and two more in Kota Gelangi (Pahang) and Bakun (Sarawak), Malaysia will have 14 seismic stations and 15 seismic sea wave warning systems and five of the 15 will be in Sabah, Bernama said.

"The Sabah coast is exposed to the risk of tsunami and that requires additional tsunami warning systems," he said after a tsunami warning awareness campaign at Masjid Al-Kauthar in Tawau on June 18./.