Earthquake rocks Sabah late last night, Mount Kinabalu evacuated

Several districts in Sabah were rocked by an earthquake last night measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale. The quake was felt strongest along the state’s west coast, and interior region.

The last time the Borneo state experienced such powerful shaking was in June 2015, when a 5.9 earthquake killed 18 individuals on Mount Kinabalu. The mountain is located in the same district that was at the epicenter of last night’s quake.

Yesterday’s earthquake lasted approximately 10 seconds, and occurred at 9:06pm, with two aftershocks sending ripples across the state at 9:27pm and later at 10:28pm.

Climbing has since been suspended on the mountain, and Sabah Parks officials report that the 209 people that are currently on the mountain are all on their way back down. This includes climbers, guides, porters, park rangers, contractors, Mountain Search and Rescue members, and staff from the mountain’s two lodges.

Those coming down may have to find alternative routes, as two trails have been affected by the quake: there was a landslip at the 1.5km mark, and an alternative route has been provided. Another landslip occurred at Carson Falls, but the route is reportedly passable by hikers.

Evacuation of the mountain occurred immediately after the quake was felt, with guests and staff at the Sutera Sanctuary Lodge being told to gather at the helipad for rescue following the series of tremors.

Many posted to Twitter the damage caused by the quake, but so far we are happy to report that the only major loss was off a few bottles of cili sos.

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