Sabah has been hit by another earthquake.
The 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the northern part of Sabah this morning (Friday, 26th August) at around 9:39am. The epicentre was located at around 16km northwest of Ranau at a depth of 10km, stated the Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement on their website. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
Tremors were felt in Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Penampang, and Tuaran, but it only lasted 3 seconds, reported The Star Online.
However, it was enough to cause minor damage to the cities affected, as according to van driver Jiliun Gawing, power cable were seen swaying while he was driving past Kundasang towards Sandakan in the morning. He said that he saw vegetable sellers “looking edgy” as they stepped out of their stores but he did not feel the tremors as he was inside a moving vehicle.
Mollonius Tingdal, a mountain guide who was on the hike down from the summit of Mount Kinabalu, said he and several climbers felt tremors at Pondok Paka (which was around 3,080 above sea level). After making sure that no one was hurt, they continued their way down.
Ranau police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Farhan Lee revealed that they are monitoring the situation, but there has been no casualties reported so far.
Although things have returned to normal, several citizens voiced out their concern as the 4.0 earthquake felt like a repeat of last year’s deadly disaster.