Hundreds flee homes as quake rocks Ranau

 |Mar 9, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Hundreds of people evacuated their homes after a strong earthquake hit Ranau.

According to The Star Online, the 5.2 magnitude quake started at 9.06pm yesterday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) in a statement on its official Facebook said the epicentre was Longitude 6.1º North and Latitude 116.6 º East, Bernama reported.

When the earthquake struck, more than 100 climbers at Mount Kinabalu were immediately evacuated from their hostels, which were close to the 4,095m summit, to an open area as a precautionnary measure.

“All climbers are safe in Mount Kinabalu. They have all gathered at the assembly area near a helipad,” Sabah Parks director Jamili Nais said.

Presently, police, firemen and other agencies were still combing through the Ranau district to check on damage and casualties. No serious damage had been detected in the affected areas.

However, mountain guides said they spotted rock movements at the country’s highest peak, The Star Online reported.

“Everything shook strongly for a few seconds. I just ran out of my chalet,” said Lee Kuat Hou, a guest at Taman Kinabalu in Kundasang.

“I’m still shocked as it was really frightening,” said Tracy, another guest at a Kundasang homestay.