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Published on : Saturday, June 6, 2015
There have been reports of 11 fatalities in the earthquake hit Mount Kinabalu in the Sabah region. The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Masidi Manjun, twitted in this morning that 9 bodies were found and helicopters will be bringing the bodies down. Later he confirmed that 11 bodies have been identifies and 8 more climbers are missing. Yet further on he went out to say that there may be more fatalities.
Rescuers managed to bring down 137 hikers who were stranded at the top of the Mount Kinabalu when the earthquake struck. Some news sources claim that a couple of people died as huge granite boulders tumbled down the 4,095m peak.
The picturesque locale has been a favourite climb for adventure tourists but a strong quake of this nature was unexpected in the region of Malaysia. The quake jolted the whole of Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo Island causing windows to break, walls to crack and many other minor damages.
No clear information is being provided on the number of people dead or missing, but local media reports that a local tour guide and a woman believed to be Singaporean had been killed on the mountain.
People from various nationalities were on the mountain when the quakes occurred. Hikers from Singapore, the United States, Philippines, Britain, Thailand, Turkey, China and Japan were stuck on the mountain while boulders were falling down dangerously in front of them from the mountain peak.
Poor weather condition is hampering rescue operations due to low visibility. The US Geological Survey had said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers, its epicentre located about 54 kilometres east of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.
Mount Kinabalu has been closed down by authorities. This was strange occurrence for Malaysia as the country is not accustomed to earthquakes. It lies outside the pacific ring of fire and is away from seismic activity.
However the rest of the city suffered no damage. Residents ran out of their houses in panic and people also ran out of the Kota Kinabalu’s International Airport.