KUALA LUMPUR – The Meteorological Department has advised the people of Ranau and its vicinity in Sabah to be on the alert for a possible aftershocks over the next 24 hours following an earthquake at 7.15 am today.
The earthquake of 5.9 magnitude occurred in Ranau, a spokesman of the department said when asked for his comment following the quake.
He said it was normal for aftershocks to occur between an hour and 24 hours following an earthquake.
It was difficult to predict the location and time of the aftershocks, he added.
The earthquake which occurred today triggered tremors that were felt in many areas of Sabah, including Tambunan, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud.
Meanwhile, in RANAU, the earthquake caused slight damage to several buildings, including business premises.
A resident, Yunus Muhamad, said the glass door of a bank shattered and cracks appeared on the walls of another bank and a supermarket.
“One of the small domes of the Ranau Town Mosque was damaged,” he added.
Yunus, who is an employee of a bank, said the people of Ranau went about their business as usual, and business premises, banks and shops continued to operate.
He said he was at a garden near his house when the quake occurred and he saw the main bridge over the Liwagu River, the major route to the Sabah east coast, sway.
Sabah Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Mohd Affendy K. Ramin confirmed that cracks had appeared on the buildings of several business premises and government offices in the Ranau district.
He said fire and rescue personnel had been instructed to inspect the buildings and to ensure that no one was trapped within. – BERNAMA