6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Malaysia, 13 dead & 6 missing

Published on : Saturday, June 6, 2015

JAPANQUAKE_26_10_2013The 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, left 13 people dead and six missing on Southeast Asia’s highest peak, according to officials.


Early Friday the quake struck near the picturesque mountain, which is a popular tourist destination, sending landslides and huge granite boulders tumbling down from its wide, 4,095-metre-high (13,435-foot) crown.


According to reports the dead included members of a Singapore primary school group on an excursion to the mountain, including a 12-year-old girl who was killed, and a local Malaysian climbing guide.


Crews and officials busy in further search and rescue efforts were kept on edge, however, by aftershocks including a Saturdayafternoon temblor that Malaysian officials rated at 4.5-magnitude.


When the quake hit most people on the mountain were Malaysian but that they also included hikers from Singapore, the United States, the Philippines, Britain, Thailand, Turkey, China and Japan, according to report.


Authorities have not provided details on the number of injured.


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


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


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