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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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Malaysia Needs Earthquake Monitoring Centre

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RANAU – Malaysia needs an earthquake monitoring centre as part of the country’s preparedness requirements to face future earthquakes, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin said the earthquake monitoring centre was necessary especially in Sabah which has yet to have a special centre to track the possibility of such natural disasters. “An…

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Counseling For Earthquake Victims In Sabah

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PUTRAJAYA – The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has sent counsellors to provide counseling services to those affected by the earthquake which hit Ranau and other districts in Sabah on Friday. Its minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said counseling services were being provided at the temporary evacuation centre at Kem Bina Negara in…

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MET Records 10 Weak Earthquakes That Hit Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total ten earthquakes were recorded by the Malaysian Meteorological Department today in Ranau, all under the “Weak” category. The weakest was recorded at 12.12am and measured 1.9 on the magnitude richter scale, while the strongest hit 3.2 at 6.58am. The one with the magnitude of 3.2 occurred 22km south of Kota Belud.

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Medical Team, Fire & Rescue Team Ascend Mt Kinabalu

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KUALA LUMPUR – A medical team together with a fire and rescue team have ascended Mt Kinabalu to provide treatment, food and clothing to victims stranded by yesterday’s earthquake. Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the medical team and Emergency Medical Response Team (EMRT) was headed by an emergency medical specialist. He…

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Ranau Residents Still In Trauma From Earthquake

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RANAU – Daily activities in Ranau go on as usual today, despite it being the worst hit, compared with other districts in Sabah, by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake which shook the state yesterday. The people still crowd the Tamu Pekan Ranau to buy their household needs, and the highland farmers selling their vegetables. Public transport…

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All Efforts Taken To Rescue Victims Of The Quake In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – All efforts are being taken to rescue victims affected by the earthquake which hit Ranau, Sabah yesterday, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said the incident was something that was most surprising and that everyone was saddened by the disaster. “The people are now shocked and saddened by the…

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Muhyiddin Orders NSC To Introduce Earthquake Early Warning System

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KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has ordered the National Security Council to introduce an early warning system on earthquake, including for schools. The instruction was issued following the earthquake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, which shook Ranau yesterday, that had claimed 11 lives so far. Muhyiddin, who is also…

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Sabah Quake: Hope For The Best: PM Lee

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SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is hoping for the best on the fate of the missing eight schoolchildren and two of their teachers following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of Sabah on Friday. In his Facebook post Saturday, Lee said: “The parents and families left on an Republic of Singapore Air…

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23 Schools In Six Districts Affected By Earthquake In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said 23 schools in six districts in Sabah are affected by yesterday’s earthquake. The service of experts will be used to determine if the buildings are safe for use before repair works begin, he added. He said based on a report by the Sabah Education…

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Fatalities At Mount Kinabalu Following Quake

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KUNDASANG – There have been fatalities at Mount Kinabalu following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of Sabah on Friday. This was confirmed by Sabah’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun via his Twitter account. “It is with much regret that I have to inform that there have been fatalities at…

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Sabah Quake: Iconic Donkey’s Ear Peak Destroyed

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KOTA KINABALU: The iconic Donkey’s Ear Peak at Mount Kinabalu has been destroyed due to the tremors on Friday morning. The twin peak landmark resembling a pair of donkey’s ears has been badly damaged, with the top of one of the peaks falling off in the 7.17am tremors. “Bad news confirmed! Part of the iconic…

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NSC Mobilises SMART Team To Sabah

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PETALING JAYA – The National Security Council (NSC) has mobilised 25 members of the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) to Sabah which was hit by a moderate earthquake today. NSC deputy secretary Ogu Salim Omar said the team, led by MKN secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, left for Kota Kinabalu at…

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Met Dept Advice Over Sabah Quake Aftershocks

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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…

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Stop Spreading Public Holiday Hoax Due To Earthquake – CM’s Press Office

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KOTA KINABALU – The public has been warned not to spread rumours that Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has declared today a public holiday because of the moderate earthquake that hit Sabah this morning. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s press office here, the message claiming the chief minister had made…

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Earthquake: Climbing Activities At Mount Kinabalu Halted For Safety Reasons

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Sabah Parks has cancelled all climbing activities at Mount Kinabalu today for safety reasons following the earthquake which hit the state. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun confirmed this in his twitter account today. “Loose stones and borders are falling due to the tremor (from the quake),” he…

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