Tuesday, May 21

Tremors felt in Miri, Lawas and Limbang


MIRI: Following the earthquake which shook Ranau, Sabah at 7.15 am yesterday, residents in several areas in Lawas, Limbang and Miri also felt a slight tremor.

Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang said he felt a slight movement while he was doing some paperwork in his house in Batu Danau, and he suspected that it was an earthquake tremor.

Hotel guests in Lawas and Limbang were also shocked to feel the unexpected tremor, forcing some to hurry outside as the realisation that it could be an earthquake began to dawn on them.

Lawas Fire and Rescue Chief Shamlie Radaie said residents of several areas in the northern region felt a slight tremor, but so far he had not receive any reports of damages due to it.

“Our officers did inform us that there were slight tremors being felt by residents here, but so far there are no reports on damages or anything related to it,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Limbang police chief Supt Mohd Bukhori Saffai said they also did not receive any reports related to the tremors as of press time yesterday.

In Miri, a resident of Piasau Jaya, Phillip Leong, 57, said he was in the toilet when he suddenly felt a slight movement which left him a little dizzy.

“It was 7.40am and I was alone at home. I was in the toilet when I felt the slight movement. It lasted about three seconds and made me a little dizzy. I did not know what it was at first.

“I contacted one of my friends and asked if he too felt it, but he said he didn’t. I only found out about the earthquake in Ranau through some friends on WeChat (an instant messaging app) later. That’s when I thought that what I felt was a tremor from the same earthquake,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Kundasang-Ranau Road was closed during press time and all Mount Kinabalu climbing activities have been stopped temporarily for safety reasons.