KOTA KINABALU: People should brace for more aftershocks following the 5.2 magnitude earthquake, said University Malaysia Sabah geologist Dr Felix Tongku.
He said that aftershocks could be expected following an earthquake and the area of the latest earthquake was different from the deadly 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the western side of Mount Kinabalu in June 2015.
"It is a 5km depth earthquake, that's why people felt a strong tremor," he said when contacted.
He said that the latest earthquake was north of Mount Kinabalu towards (northern) Kota Marudu and did not occur within the summit area as the previous earthquake.
"Our advice is for people to brace themselves for more aftershocks," he added.
Geologists reported a tremor measuring 2.8 magnitude occurred at 9.27am on Thursday but it was not felt by most people in the affected area.
According to guides at the mountain, mild earth movements were still felt at the summit area where debris and rocks were rolling down.
As at 11pm, some 190 people - 130 climbers, 42 guides, four porters, 11 Sabah Parks staff and Mountain Rescue and Search personnel were making their way down the mountain.
Bomba and police said immediate reports revealed no major damage or casualties following the quake that was felt in most areas around Ranau and Kundasang while tremors were also reported in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Papar, Tambunan and Tamparuli.