Monday, May 19, 2008


Hundreds flee as tremor hits Sabah
TAWAU: Hundreds of people fled their high-rise buildings and homes as tremors from an earthquake centred in Kalabakan hit this east coast district of Sabah.
No damage was immediately reported following the quake, which measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.
It hit at 2.26pm and lasted for about five to six seconds. Kalabakan is about 70km away from Tawau town.
“The reports from our stations and police pondoks report no casualties or damage,” Tawau police chief ACP Jaafar Mohd Yusof said.
Businessman K C Fung who was on the third floor of an office building in the centre of town said he felt the floor swaying and immediately knew a tremor had hit.
“I just ran down to the ground floor. On the road there were scores of people who had fled from other buildings including nearby hotels.”