Major deadly and damaging earthquake in Borneo, Malaysia – 19 people killed

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Update : 7 more people have been found dead. All other climbers are now rescued. The final toll is 19 people killed.

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Image courtesy Bernama

Update : A 12th victim has been recovered. A 12 year old girl from Singapore. 2 teachers and 6 pupils are still missing. A Malaysian guide is among the death

Important update June 6 : The bodies of 11 climbers have been found by rescue teams. 8 others remain missing. A real tragedy for Malaysia and Borneo. No details have been given so far about the exact reason of their death, but rockfall and landslides are certainly to be blamed also.


Update : At least 4 climbers were injured but this number may increase as the rescue operations continue. Mountain huts have been badly damaged. The mountain climbing area has no been closed for further climbing out of fear for aftershocks

Update : There are reports that a number of climbers in the nearby mountains were injured but we have no details of the numbers and the kind of injury they succumbed so far.

Update : as you can see on the video below, Ranau (Borneo) got a lot of damage

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Update : Max Wyss expects 0-200 injured people and 0 to 10 fatalities (theoretical simulation)

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12km (7mi) WNW of Ranau, Malaysia
40km (25mi) SSE of Kota Belud, Malaysia
52km (32mi) ENE of Donggongon, Malaysia
54km (34mi) E of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
214km (133mi) NE of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-06-05 07:15:45

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-06-04 23:15:45

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sabah, Malaysia Jun 04 23:15 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Sabah – was still sleeping this morning, my bed shaking and myself fall down from my bed …….
  • Keningau – i can see the clothes hanging moved and i also felt my body swinging when standing
  • kota kinabalu – thought I was dreaming but thanks God everything fine
  • Kota Kinabalu – The whole room is shaking.
  • Kota Kinabalu – No damage to property, light shaking in our room on the first floor at 6:45 am.
  • kota Belud Tamu Darat – treble feeling
  • Kota Kinabalu – no damages to property
  • Kota Marudu – Houses are shaking and felt like it moves to the left and right. No damage reported
  • Kota Kinabalu – Om 0715uur, het huis begon te schudden. Best eng en spannend. Gelukkig geen schade en het duurde een seconde of 5.
  • Setapak, Selangor – When i was having breakfast with my brother, we sensed a very mild shaking of the table(just for 0.5 second) and my brother asked me was it me that pushed the table. That time was 7:22, i answered, maybe earthquake happens somewhere. And i was right after i read the news in the afternoon
  • Sabah – The earthquake happening while I was changing my clothes. It continues at least 5 seconds. I was scared for this earthquake and hope this incident don’t happen again.
  • Kota Marudu – All my family still sleeping that time, they thought they dreaming and so am I, I thought I was feeling dizzy.No damage reported.
  • Kota Kinabalu – Woke up feeling my bed shook really hard. Oh my God. First time experiencing this kind of thing. Luckily everyone here in UMS is fine. Still feeling some aftershocks now and then. Hoping for the best for the climbers at Gunung Kinabalu.
  • membakut – i was asleep when it happened. the first tremor woke me up, as i was standing up from bed, i feel the second shake. i run as fast as i can to the downstairs of the house and the outside. the tremor is more intense if you are on the first floor and above.
GEOFON Borneo Jun 04 23:15 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Ranau, Malaysia Jun 04 23:15 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It

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MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?

People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or “easy glide” drawers may open (or shut).
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Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
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Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?

Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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