KOTA KINABALU,. All 239 people on Mount Kinabalu – including 130 climbers – have been safely evacuated following the 5.02 magnitude earthquake that hit the Ranau district on Thursday (March 8).
Apart from two women suffering from acute mountain sickness during the descent, all others were brought down safely by 4.30am Friday (Mar 9), said a spokesman for the state Fire and Rescue Services Department.
Aside from the climbers, the others brought down by Mountain Search and Rescue teams include Sutera staff who were managing the hostels on Mount Kinabalu, four construction workers and Sabah Parks staff.
Sabah Parks has immediately ceased all mountain climbing activities at Mount Kinabalu as they are assessing the current situation before making a decision as to whether to reopen the mountain
The epicentre of the earthquake was at a depth of about 5km at a spot 16km north of the mountain between Ranau and Kota Marudu.
The tremors were felt on the western face of the Mount Kinabalu from Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Kiulu and the city here while residents in areas like Penampang and Papar also reported feeling the tremors.
Firemen said that there was no damage reported while various agencies are carrying out checks on buildings in Ranau and Kundasang.
Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Sabah geologist Prof Felix Tongul has cautioned residents to brace for more aftershocks from the earthquake.
An aftershock with a magnitude of 2.1 was recorded at 9.27pm on Thursday, but was not felt by most people.