The first Earthquake in Malaysia to have claimed lives. 16 people killed, 2 missing in Mount Kinabalu.

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Malaysia quake kills 13 people, 8 missing, jolted Kinabalu peak

The 6.0-magnitude quake struck early Friday near the picturesque mountain, a popular tourist destination, sending landslides and huge granite boulders tumbling down.

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KUNDASANG: A strong earthquake that jolted Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu killed at least 11 people and left another 8 missing, an official said Saturday, as authorities searched for survivors on Southeast Asia’s highest peak.

The 6.0-magnitude quake struck early Friday near the picturesque mountain, a popular tourist destination, sending landslides and huge granite boulders tumbling down from the 4,095-metre (13,435-foot) peak’s wide, craggy crown.

“From Kinabalu park management, I want to express my condolences to the families of the victims,” said Masidi Manjun, tourism minister for the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, as he announced the toll at the mountain park’s headquarters.

Masidi said authorities could not yet confirm the identities of the dead and missing.

Malaysian media reports said they included members of a Singapore primary school group on an excursion to the peak, including a 12-year-old girl who was killed.

“It’s very sad. The Singapore children were so happy when they arrived here, but now…” Masidi said, trailing off as he shook his head.

Malaysian rescuers earlier on Saturday finished bringing down to safety 137 hikers who were stuck on the mountain for up to 18 hours after the quake damaged a key trail and they faced the threat of continuing rockfalls.

Crews and officials engaged in further search and rescue efforts were kept on edge, however, by a series of aftershocks, including one on Saturday afternoon that Malaysian officials rated at 4.5-magnitude.

The temblor sent staff and journalists scurrying out of the park’s headquarters.

Malaysian media reports said most people on the peak when the quake hit were Malaysian but that they also included hikers from Singapore, the United States, the Philippines, Britain, Thailand, Turkey, China and Japan.

A Malaysian climbing guide was among those dead, local media said.

Authorities have not provided details on injuries suffered by climbers.

‘Rocks raining down fast’

Major earthquakes are rare in Malaysia and the tremor was one of the strongest in decades. It jolted a wide area of Sabah, shattering windows, cracking walls and sending people fleeing outdoors.

But there have been no reports of major damage, nor any casualties outside of those on the mountain.

Masidi said all climbing would be suspended at Mount Kinabalu for at least three weeks to allow for repairs to damaged trails, accommodation and other facilities.

Malaysia’s Bernama news agency quoted a climber describing his terror as the quake unleashed a shower of large stones from the rocky peak.

“Rocks were raining down fast, like rock blasting,” Lee Yoke Fah, a 60-year-old Malaysian who suffered minor injuries, was quoted saying.

“I am not going to climb again, I am scared.”

Mount Kinabalu is among the top tourist attractions in a state famed for its rainforests, wild rivers and coral reefs.

Thousands complete the relatively easy climb each year, with most taking two days round-trip.

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The force of the tremor was so strong that it toppled one of the two large “Donkey’s Ears”, towering twin rock outcroppings that form a distinctive part of the peak’s profile.

Mount Kinabalu is sacred to the local Kadazan Dusun tribal group, who consider it a resting place for departed spirits.

Malaysian social media users and some officials have suggested the quake was a sign the spirits were angry after a group of 10 apparently Western men and women tourists last weekend outraged locals by snapping nude photos at the summit and posting them on the Internet.

“This will certainly bring misfortune…we can’t play with the spirit of the sacred mountain,” deputy state chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan told reporters Saturday.

He called for the tourists to be brought to justice.

– AFP

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Ranau quake: Strongest to hit M’sia since 1976

KUALA LUMPUR: The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centred in Ranau, Sabah, today, has set the record of being the strongest earthquake to have hit Malaysia in 39 years since 1976.

The moderate earthquake has broken the strongest earthquake record set in 1976, when an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck Lahad Datu, causing heavy damage to property and cracks in buildings.

In the last 39 years, four earthquakes were reported in Ranau, namely in 1989 with tremors measuring 5.6; 1991 (5.1); March 2005 (4.1) and in February 2010 (2.6) on the Richter scale.

Another two occurred in Lahad Datu in 1976 with a magnitude of 5.8 and in May 2011 (3.3); in Tawau in November 2005 (5.8); in Sandakan in June 2011 (4.0); in Kunak in May 2012 (3.7); in Kudat in July 2013 (3.6) and in October 2014 (4.4).

The last time an earthquake occurred in Sabah was in Sandakan in February this year with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale.

Although Sabah is outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Centre for Research and Innovation of Universiti Malaysia Sabah, found areas in Kundasang, Ranau, Pitas, Lahad Datu and Tawau at risk of earthquakes.

– BERNAMA

#RanauEartrhquake   #SabahEarthquake  #MountKinabaluEarthquake

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