Friday, June 05, 2015

Mount Kinabalu 6.0 earthquake leave climbers stranded

KOTA KINABALU, June 5 — The magnitude 6.0 earthquake which hit Sabah’s west coast here this morning has left an unknown number of climbers stranded on Mount Kinabalu, close to the epicentre of the quake.

KOTA KINABALU, June 5 — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Sabah’s west coast here this morning, with tremors felt all over the state’s capital city here.

According to earthquake watch website, the earthquake’s epicentre was located 14km north of the Ranau, about a two-hour drive over mountain roads from Kota Kinabalu.

Tremors were felt around the city and on Mount Kinabalu at around 7.15am, where it was reported several landslides have occurred.

More than 200 people are stranded on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, with 89 unaccounted for after a 6.0 earthquake that struck this morning left the trekking path down the mountain unsafe for climbers.
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Malaysia though outside the Ring of Fire does experience earthquakes. The Ring of Fire is a belt of seismic activity running around the basin of the Pacific Ocean that includes neighbours Indonesia and the Philippines. It has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt. About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.

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