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Published: Saturday June 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 8, 2013 MYT 12:42:52 PM

Tremor felt in Tawau Earthquake measuring 4.9 hits Tarakan, Indonesia

KOTA KINABALU: A mild tremor lasting less than six seconds was hardly felt by residents in Sabah’s east coast Tawau district.

Most of the people were fast asleep when the earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hits Tarakan in Indonesia about 118km from Tawau at 3.30am on Thursday.

However, Tawau firemen and some members of the public felt the tremors.

“We felt a mild swaying which lasted about five, said district fire and rescue chief Rudy Fredzek.

Following the tremors, they went around the Tawau town to check but there were no incidents of even people running out of their buildings.

We did not get any distress call, Rudy said.

Some residents when contacted said they felt something but did not thought much about it until they heard the news about the tremor from an earthquake.

The Meteorological department in a statement said a weak earthquake was located at 31km north-west of Tarakan, Indonesia and 118km south-west of Tawau.

Meanwhile, Tawau police chief also said there were no distress calls or incidents of people fleeing their homes in the quake.

“My son said he felt the tremors but I did not,” he added.

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