Sabah Earthquake: LATEST UPDATES And All You Need To Know

  • 18 Jun — 12:07 PM

    3 more earthquakes hit Sabah, with one measuring 4.0 on the magnitude scale this morning64deImage via Around the globe

    • A weak earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Ranau, Sabah, at 5.58am today. The Meteorological Department, in a statement today, said the tremors from the earthquake could only be felt in Ranau.
    • It was the third tremor since yesterday. Two weak earthquakes were detected in Ranau yesterday, with the first, measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale, at 11.51 am and the second, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, at 6.12 pm.
    • The department has recorded more than 65 aftershocks since the July 5 Mount Kinabalu earthquake which resulted in the deaths of 18 people.
  • 13 Jun — 05:06 AM

    BREAKING NEWS: Ranau hit by 5.2-magnitude aftershock0539Image via The Star

    • A strong aftershock measuring 5.2 hit Ranau in Sabah at 2.29am. The tremors rattled residents in Kota Kinabalu where some people in highrise buildings ran out of their home, fearing for their safety.
    • One of the Kota Kinabalu resident told The Star, “I felt tremors in my house at 2.29am. I thought a really big cat was running across the roof.” While a Ranau resident said his family moved outdoor after tremors and were waiting to see what happened next, The Star reported.

  • 12 Jun — 01:20 PM

    Sabah leaders: Stripping tourists broke the law, not just insult our cultureC431Image via The Malay Mail

    • Sabah leaders have come out in defence of the state’s customs and ancestral beliefs now being derided globally after a senior government leader blamed last week’s deadly earthquake on tourists who stripped naked on Mount Kinabalu.“We are not apologetic of our rich cultural heritage. They define who we are and we should be proud of them.Other countries, too, have native laws and taboos and if they can respect those in other countries, there is no reason why it should be an exception in Sabah,” he said.Masidi pointed out that the titillating titles by foreign newspaper masked the fact that the tourists’ act, earthquake notwithstanding, would have merited punishment for breaking both local laws and norms.
    • United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Organisation president Madius Tangau said the foreign media’s controversial portrayal of Sabah was damaging and inaccurate, and failed to convey that the tourists’ act was illegal in and of itself.“Yes, there have been insinuations and claims by some to link the earthquake with the nudist incident, but the fact is the nudists are being detained for investigation on their behaviour, which is against Malaysian laws.
  • 12 Jun — 01:31 PM

    High likelihood of an earthquake hitting KL, says expertsF694Image via Bloomberg

    • Following the quake tragedy in Sabah, there have been concerns that an earthquake may also hit Kuala Lumpur and according to a geological expert, such misgivings are not misplaced.This is because the federal capital is located near the epicentres of ancient fault line zones, said Universiti Malaya Geology Department Associate Professor Mustaffa Kamal Shuib.
    • A seismology expert, Dr Mohd Rosaidi Che Abas, 54 from The Meteorological Department’s Deputy Director (Application) said some of the country’s most vulnerable areas are Bukit Tinggi in Pahang and Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan.
    • Tan Sri Ahmad Phesal Talib, Kuala Lumpur Mayor had said that DBKL would review the construction of new highrise buildings in Kuala Lumpur, especially the safety aspects of these buildings to withstand earthquake tremors.He had said the views and advice of relevant experts would be sought with regard to this. Phesal was asked to comment on a local media report which touched on Malaysia’s location that put the country at risk of earthquake tremors in future.
  • 12 Jun — 01:31 PM

    Foamy rivers and falling boulders send villagers living around Mt Kinabalu into a frenzy5bb4Image via Sabahkini

    • Panic gripped villagers living around the foothills of Mount Kinabalu when boulders and rocks began rolling down close to their homes.Some said they were preparing to evacuate as rivers flowing from the mountain began to foam up.Some reported seeing hundreds of dead fish floating.
    • Apparently the massive landslide had occurred on the western part of Mount Kinabalu, visible from Marai Parai and after that the river water at Mesilou turned foamy and ground movements were felt.At Nuluh Kiau it was reported that several houses suffered cracks.
    • Ba3dImage via LinkedlnProf Dr Felix Tongkul
    • Universiti Malaysia Sabah geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul said that while the university’s research team was unable to ascertain the cause of the river’s condition, its chemist would be obtaining samples from the river to ascertain its source.He also said that the UMS research team was not sure how many areas had been affected by the same phenomenon.Earlier, in a statement, he urged villagers living along the riverbanks here to be cautious of possible mud floods, which he said could be dangerous.“The aftershocks are causing continuous soil and rock falling, and these are blocking river flow, creating temporary dams.
  • 12 Jun — 01:31 PM

    Sultan of Johor donates RM1 million to aid Sabah quake recovery efforts80bfImage via Malaysiakini

    • Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor showed his compassion yet again, this time by lending a big helping hand to victims of the Sabah earthquake by donating RM1mil to the State Disaster Relief Fund Committee to help with recovery efforts involving the tragedy.
    • “The Sabah government and people are thankful to His Royal Highness for the donation of RM1 million to the State Disaster Relief Fund Committee,” said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.He said he was also touched by the concern of the sultan who had instructed for ‘solat hajat’ prayers to be held in Johor for the safety of the earthquake victims in Sabah.
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    • In Kuala Lumpur, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government was donating RM100,000 to the Mount Kinabalu Earthquake Relief Fund.“It is hoped that the donation will help bring some relief to the affected people,” he told reporters at the lobby of Parliament House.He said the fund would be overseen by Outward Bound Sabah deputy chairman Simon Sipaun and Sabah DAP chairman Jimmy Wong Sze Phin, who is also the MP for Kota Kinabalu.
  • 12 Jun — 01:31 PM

    New regulations to be introduced to ensure safety of climbers

    8c1bImage via The Borneo Post

    • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced several aid and suggestions to boost security of climbers at the Kinabalu Park after seeing for himself the effects of the earthquake on Gunung Kinabalu, Ranau and Kundasang in Sabah.
    • “We want to see Mount Kinabalu remain a famous destination among local and international travellers,” he said.”It would be a loss to Malaysia and Sabah if activities on Mount Kinabalu were to stop,” he added.
  • 12 Jun — 01:31 PM

    Najib announces RM10M fund to rebuild the quake-hit Sabah1683Image via The Malay Mail

    • In his first visit to Sabah since a deadly quake that killed at least 16 people, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today a RM10 million fund to rebuild the damaged north Borneo state.Najib, who had just returned from an official visit to Saudi Arabia last night, said the allocation was a token from the federal government to Sabah to clean up, rebuild and open up touristy Mount Kinabalu as soon as possible.
    • “We want to make sure it is safe to open up again so we can open up our heritage to future climbers,” he told a gathering of mountain guides, Sabah Parks staff and local community at Kinabalu Park hall here.He had earlier received a briefing of the damages inflicted and the search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Malaysia’s worst quake disaster so far. “After assessing the damages, it is clear we will need to reconstruct the damages so Kinabalu Park can function as a world-famous nature attraction again,” he
    • Najib said that the state government made recommendations, including equipping all climbing groups and their guide with a walkie talkie to ensure constant communication with the park headquarters.There is also a proposal to widen the current helicopter landing pad on the summit of Mount Kinabalu to make it easier for helicopters to land in emergency situations.
    • “We would also like to include the latest technology that can sense earth movements although there is no technology available in the world that can predict major earthquakes.“What they can predict is smaller tremors and movements that suggests the possibility of an oncoming earthquake but this will be up to the experts to issue early warnings,” he


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