Kualalumpur: An earthquake measuring 6.0 in the Richter Scale has hit near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, at 7.15am local time on Friday The quake had been reported to have occured 40 km deep below the ground, reports the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Initial reports from the Malaysian Meteorological Services Department said the quake, measuring 5.7, struck 25km northwest of Ranau at 7.15am. Apart from Kota Kinabalu, the tremors were felt in the northern Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, and as far away Beaufort in the south.
The Sabah Parks has cancelled all climbing activities at Mount Kinabalu today for safety reasons following the earthquake, national news agency Bernama reported.Twenty-four families from two blocks of SMK Ranau teachers’ quarters were temporarily evacuated to the school hall after cracks appeared on the buildings. One of the occupants, Jeofrey Osman, said they moved out of the flats after being advised to do so by the Fire and Rescue Department.