Hundreds flee homes as quake rocks Ranau

KOTA KINABALU: Hundreds of people fled their homes after a powerful earthquake hit Ranau.

The earthquake, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale, started at 9.06pm yesterday.

More than 100 climbers at Mount Kinabalu were immediately evacuated from their hostels close to the 4,095m summit to an open area as a precaution.

“All climbers are safe in Mount Kinabalu. They have all gathered at the assembly area near a helipad,” Sabah Parks director Jamili Nais said.

At press time, police, firemen and other agencies were still combing through the Ranau district to check on damage and casualties.

So far, no serious damage had been detected in the affected areas.

But mountain guides said they spotted rock movements at the country’s highest peak.

“Everything shook strongly for a few seconds. I just ran out of my chalet,” said Lee Kuat Hou, a guest at Taman Kinabalu in Kundasang.

“I’m still shocked as it was really frightening,” said Tracy, another guest at a Kundasang homestay.

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