MALAYSIA: RANAU QUAKE- SABAH STATE’S WEST COAST RESIDENTS FEEL TREMORS

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah state, Malaysia Tremors were felt in Sabah’s west coast following an earthquake measuring 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale in Ranau last night.

As soon as the tremors were felt, residents in Kudat, Papar, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Ranau, Kota Kinabalu and several other districts took to the WhatsApp informing and asking friends whether they too had felt the tremors.

A teacher in Kota Belud, Saili Sinuk, said when the tremors occurred he was at home.

I saw the walls of my house shaking, so I ran out. Once outside, I saw my neighbours had also come out from their houses.

The tremors I felt Thursday night were almost the same as what I felt in 2015. Only this time it just shook the walls. In 2015, the zinc roof of the house was also affected, he told Bernama.

A resident who lived on the second floor of an apartment in Manggatal, Noor Azlina Awang, a 32-year-old teacher, said she and other residents rushed out of their homes and gathered in the compound of the building after experiencing two strong tremors for five to seven seconds.

Another resident, Zenny Marsus from Tamparuli said all of a sudden she felt dizzy and was surprised when her house suddenly shook for about 10 seconds.

Zenny then checked on social sites including WhatsApp to get information about the tremors.

On June 5, 2015, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Mount Kinabalu at 7.15am, killing 18 people in its wake.

The tremors has also become a hot topic on social media where some of the users shared their stories and experiences, as well as praying for the safety of friends and relatives in the affected areas.

Among them was Twitter account owner, Alix who wrote: Star safe now.. #MtKinabalu #Ranau.

Another owner, Sabrina posted: Hopefully, nothing happened to my relatives in Ranau due to huge (strong) earthquake.

Source: NAM News Network