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Malaysian Student Recalls Fear During Temblor In NZ

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KUALA LUMPUR – “I wasn’t sure whether to run out of the house or hide under the table. “At first, I thought it was a small quake but the (my) concussion became severe and then, I realised it wasn’t normal and started feeling scared.” This was the predicament of Malaysian Clarissa Robert Jeyakumar when an…

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Weak Quake Strikes Off Lahad Datu In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, struck off the coast of Lahad Datu in Sabah today, causing tremors. The Meteorological Department said there was no threat of a tsunami following the quake which occurred at 10.36am. The epicentre of the quake was 25km southeast of Lahad Datu, it said…

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Christchurch Earthquake: No Malaysians Affected

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PUTRAJAYA – No Malaysians were affected in the earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand today (Sunday), said the Foreign Ministry. However, the ministry said Malaysians residing in New Zealand were advised to always communicate with the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington and comply with all instructions and safety advice by the…

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No Malaysian Affected By Quake In Taiwan – Wisma Putra

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KUALA LUMPUR – No Malaysian was affected in the earthquake which struck the Pingtung region in Taiwan early today. The international media reported that five people were killed in the earthquake, including a baby girl aged 10 months, while 35 people were feared trapped. In a statement, Wisma Putra said it would continue to monitor…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Banda Sea In Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, occurred in the Banda Sea in Indonesia at 1.28pm today, according to the Meteorological Department. It said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake was 393km southeast of Ambon, Indonesia, and 1,794km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. The quake did not pose…

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes India-Myanmar Border Region

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck the India-Myanmar border region at 7.05am today, according to the Meteorological Services Department. The quake did not pose any threat of a tsunami, it said in a statement. It also said that there were no official reports as yet on the loss…

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Weak Earthquake Strikes Tarakan In Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, occurred in Tarakan, a major city in Kalimantan, Indonesia, at 1pm Friday. According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the quake was located about 75km southwest of Tawau, Sabah. It said in a statement that the quake did not pose any…

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Tawau Hit By Two Minor Quakes

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two earthquakes within 17 minutes, measuring 4.2 and 4.6 on the Richter Scale, occurred this morning, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. It said in a statement Tuesday that the first epicentre of the quake was 46 km northeast of Tarakan, Indonesia and 80 km southwest of Tawau, Sabah at 8.01am. The following…

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No Aftershocks Expected In Sabah Following Strong Earthquake In Kalimantan – Meteorological Dept

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KUALA LUMPUR: No aftershocks are expected for now, following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake which struck Kalimantan, Indonesia early Monday morning, says the Malaysian Meteorological Department. Director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail said normally, aftershocks would be triggered following a major earthquake, such as the one which occurred at 2.47 this morning. “However, based on the latest…

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Weak Earthquake Strikes Ranau In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale, struck Ranau in Sabah at 12.27 am today, according to Meteorological Department. It said the quake caused tremors that were felt in Ranau. The department also said that a moderate earthquake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, struck Luzon in the Philippines at…

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S.Asian Quake: Rescuers Race To Reach Quake Zones As Death Toll Nears 300

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KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Rescuers on Tuesday rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 275 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain. Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media…

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At Least 29 People Killed In S. Asian Earthquake

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KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 17 people while 12 were killed in neighbouring Pakistan, officials said. Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan’s capital, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the…

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Magnitude-7.7 Earthquake Stirs India, Pakistan And Afghanistan

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KABUL: A magnitude-7.7 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, and was felt hundreds of miles away in Pakistan and India. The temblor struck at around 2:10 p.m. (5:10 a.m. ET). The quake came just days after rain fell in many parts of Afghanistan, making mud-built houses more vulnerable to collapse. The USGS said the quake…

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Death Toll In Chilean Earthquake Rises To 11

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SANTIAGO: At least eleven people have been killed and nine more injured in Chile after an earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale struck Wednesday night, the country’s National Office of Emergencies confirmed Thursday. Earlier in the day, Interior Minister of Chile Jorge Burgos put the death toll at eight, plus one person missing, but…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Tanimbar Islands

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit the Tanimbar Islands off Indonesia at 6.03 am, Saturday morning. The Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the earthquake was at 7.1 degrees south latitude and 131.4 degrees east longitude, 518 km southeast of Ambon, Indonesia and 1,920 km southeast of Semporna,…

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6.1 Magnitude Earthquake In China’s Xinjiang

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Beijing – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was 164 kilometres (102 miles) northwest of the city of Hotan and 131 kilometres southeast of Shache, known as Yarkand in Uighur, the language of the local mainly Muslim minority.…

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Weak Earthquake Detected In Ranau Today

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KUALA LUMPUR – Three weak earthquakes were detected in Ranau, Sabah, since 4.10 am today, with the first measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department. In a statement issued here Sunday, the department said the second earthquake, measuring 2.4 on the Richter scale was recorded 24 minutes later and the third,…

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Quake In KL? Experts Say ‘It’s Not Impossible’

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PETALING JAYA: Although chances are remote, experts agree that the possibility of the big one hitting Kuala Lumpur cannot be ruled out. Universiti Malaya Geology Department Assoc Prof Mustaffa Kamal Shuib said although Malaysia was located outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, an ancient fault line under Kuala Lumpur could reactivate due to tectonic pressure.…

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Weak Earthquake Recorded In Ranau

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PETALING JAYA: A weak earthquake measuring at 3.0 on the Richter scale has been recorded in Sabah on Thursday morning, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department. “A weak earthquake has occured at 07:20am at a depth 10km, in Sabah, 20km northeast of Ranau. Tremors were felt in Ranau,” it said in a brief statement on its…

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100 Walkie-Talkies From Ministry For Mountain Guides; Shabery Cheek

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KUNDASANG: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will present 100 units of walkie-talkie to mountain guides here to facilitate communication at work. Its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was crucial for the mountain guides to be properly equipped with a communication device particularly in unforeseen circumstances such as a disaster. “We will also install a repeater…

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Sabah Quake: Four Nudists Remanded

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KOTA KINABALU: Two Canadian sisters, a Dutch and a British – both males – were ordered to be remanded by a Magistrate’s court for four days for allegedly stripping on top of Mount Kinabalu on May 30. They were produced before Ranau magistrate Dzul Elmy at about 10.30am Wednesday and an order was issued for…

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Ashes Of Sabah Quake Victim Arrives In Penang

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GEORGETOWN – The ashes of Sabah earthquake victim, Lim Choon Seong, 45, arrived at the Penang International Airport, Bayan Lepas, near here, today. Lim’s ashes, placed in a bag and carried by a woman believed to be his mother, was flown from Sabah by AirAsia flight AK 5323 and arrived in Penang at 4.35pm. Also…

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Sabah Quake: She Gave Us 12 Wonderful Years, Says Rachel Ho’s Father

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SINGAPORE – Rachel Ho is one of Singaporean faces of the Sabah quake tragedy. The 12-year-old died in the earthquake at Mount Kinabalu last Friday that has claimed the lives of six children and a teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School and an adventure guide. Her father James Ho, a 45-year-old banker, told The Straits…

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Robbi Lives on In A Documentary

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PETALING JAYA: Kinabalu mountain guide Robbi Sapinggi may be gone, but he lives on in an award-winning documentary made by Sabahan film director Cath Jayasuriya. Titled Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo, the 2013 project highlights Jayasuriya’s son’s journey with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating muscle wasting condition that affects one in 3,500 boys worldwide.…

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Search For Two Missing Singaporeans In Ranau Earthquake Resumes

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KUNDASANG – The search for two more Singaporeans reported missing following the earthquake here on Friday resumed at 6 am today. Ranau district police chief DSP Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah said more than 10 personnel have arrived at Laban Rata. “Today the weather seems fine albeit some fog, but it isn’t as bad as yesterday…

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Sabah Quake: Singapore Declares Day Of Mourning

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SINGAPORE has declared today a Day of National Remembrance for the victims of the Sabah earthquake. State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues. “We hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support…

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Sabah Quake: Nudist Dismisses Local Culture, Says It’s Superstitious

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PETALING JAYA: A Canadian national claiming to be one of the nudist that posed on the peak of Mount Kinabalu, calls the experience the “time of my life” and brushes off Kadazan Dusun legend as “superstition”. “It is not based in logic, but superstition. I utterly do not care for superstition,” said travel blog Monkeetime…

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Sabah Quake: Nude Tourists Shouted Profanities At Guide

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KUNDASANG: The 10 Westerners who stripped and urinated on top of Mount Kinabalu had shouted vulgarities at a mountain guide who asked them to stop their unbecoming behaviour. They not only called him stupid but used the four-letter word and made crude hand gestures at him, according to friends of the 35 year-old guide who…

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Sabah Quake: One Arrested For Offensive Facebook Post

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KOTA KINABALU: A 22-year-old civil servant was arrested for mocking the people of Sabah following the June 5 earthquake that killed 18, including climbers and guides. The man had posted “kene gempa bumi bru nk kecoh … Standard la negeri penuh sociality … pub … night club trbanyak di malaysia” (only after there’s an earthquate…

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Pupils Resting When Quake Struck

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SINGAPORE: Primary Six pupil Ronan Lim was sleeping in a hut on Mount Kinabalu when he was awoken by tremors at about 7.15am last Friday. The 12-year-old had been resting in the hut with his schoolmates from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) because he was unwell. “I asked my friends what had happened,” he said.…

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