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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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‘San Andreas’ Filmmakers Disregarded Science Advice, Expert Says

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A USC earthquake expert said his scientific advice was mostly disregarded by “San Andreas” movie filmmakers who asked him to review the script. “I gave them free advice, some of which they took – play up ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ – but much of which they didn’t – magnitude 9’s are too big for…

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Najib Experiences Earthquake In Tokyo

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TOKYO – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has a first-hand experience of earthquake during his visit here today. Najib was attending a round-table meeting with captains of industry at the fourth floor of the Palace Hotel when a 5.6 richter scale earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas at about 2.28 pm (1.28…

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Two Strong Earthquakes Hit Solomon Island

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KUALA LUMPUR – Two strong earthquakes measuring 6.8 and 6.7 on the Richter Scale struck Solomon Islands Saturday morning. The Malaysian Meteorological Department said in a statement issued here today, the first epicenter which measured 6.8 on the Richter Scale occurred at 5.45 am, located 194 km away southeast of Kirakira, Solomon Island, 5,276 km…

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At Least 68 Dead In Tuesday’s Earthquake In Nepal

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KATHMANDU – Just over two weeks after thousands died in a mammoth earthquake, Nepal got hit hard again Tuesday — with another powerful tremor that has left dozens more dead, more than 1,000 injured and questions about what’s next for the already traumatized Asian nation. The fact that Nepal just endured a similar horror, not…

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Powerful Earthquake Hits Nepal Again

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KATHMANDU – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than three weeks after a quake devastated large areas of the Himalayan nation. The earthquake Tuesday was centered in a remote area of eastern Nepal, near the border with China, at a depth of about 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles),…

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Nepal Earthquake Victims In Urgent Need Of Essential Items

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CYBERJAYA – Tents, thick blankets, dried food, medicalitems and financial aid are among urgent contributions required to assist earthquake victims in Nepal. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said these contributions were in dire need as most victims hit by the disaster have lost their houses and faced a shortage…

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Tsunami Warning As Papua New Guinea Hit With 7.5-Magnitude Quake

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SYDNEY: A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea today, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck about 140 kilometres south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey reported. The Pacific…

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Nepal Earthquake: His Crying Saved Him

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MULDHOKA, Nepal: As Rasmila Awal walked home from the store on Saturday, the earth began to shake. A few moments later, she saw the building she lived in collapse. And inside, under all the debris, Awal knew, were her children — Soniya, aged 10, and Sonies, only 5 months old. “I started screaming and asking…

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Medical Aid Arrives In Nepal

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PETALING JAYA: Members of the Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia have arrived in Kathmandu with one tonne in medical supplies for 1,000 people. The foundation said in a statement that the disaster and medical relief team arrived at Nepal’s capital on Tuesday at 2.02pm local time. The 15-member team, led by Dr Chien Sou-hsin, immediately contacted…

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Malaysians Share Terrifying Experience In Facing Earthquake In Nepal

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PETALING JAYA: An eight-month pregnant mother was among 104 Malaysians who arrived safely at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) Base, Subang, from Kathmandu, Nepal in a TUDM C-130 aircraft early this morning. Sheila Vandalasamy, 34, who works at the Malaysian Embassy’s Immigration Division in Kathmandu, returned home with husband A. Kumaraw, 37. “This is…

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Earthquake Leaves Nepalis Working In Msia Stunned

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PETALING JAYA: For several Nepalis working here, the catastrophe in their home country is heart-wrenching as they watch it from afar. Factory worker Janak BK, 31, returned from Nepal five days ago after attending his mother’s funeral at Okaldonga, near Mount Everest. His village was almost wiped out by an avalanche caused by Saturday’s earthquake…

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Nepal Quake: RMAF Brings Home 102 Malaysians

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 102 Malaysians boarded the C-130 aircraft belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) departing from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this afternoon to return home. RMAF deputy chief Lt Gen Datuk Seri Che Akmar Mohd Nor said the aircraft was now on its way to Kolkata, India, and was…

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Nepal Quake Death Toll Possibly Reach 10,000

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KATHMANDU: The death toll in Nepal’s earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters on Tuesday, ordering intensified rescue efforts and appealing for foreign supplies of tents and medicines, as the death toll hit 4,349. “The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Mr Koirala said…

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Thousands Volunteer To Scour Satellite Images Of Nepal Quake

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WASHINGTON: More than 4,500 people have volunteered to examine 14,000 square kilometres of satellite imagery collected over Nepal to help relief efforts after Saturday’s earthquake killed more than 4,000 people, imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc said. DigitalGlobe spokesman Turner Brinton said the company captured clear imagery of the area on Monday with its WorldView-3 satellite that…

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Nepal Quake: Datuk Michelle Yeoh & Jean Todt Among Those Stranded

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SINGAPORE: Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh and her husband are reportedly stranded in Nepal, following an earthquake that shook the country on Saturday. On Sunday, world motor sport governing body FIA (Federation Internationale De L’Automobile) released a statement to say that it held its inaugural Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, and that members…

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