Tremors in Sabah east coast after Sulu Sea quake

The Star, 25 Feb 2015

KOTA KINABALU: Mild tremors were felt in parts of east coast Sabah after a 5.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Sulu Sea in The Philippines.

People in high-rise buildings in Sandakan and Lahad Datu felt “movements” lasting for a few seconds following the quake at about 9.40am on Wednesday.

In Sandakan, firemen had to evacuate staff at the four-storey Municipal Council building to ensure their safety.

Vun Soon Chong, a staff of the council, said they were in a meeting when the quake occurred although he did not feel the tremor until they were asked to evacuate.

“My colleagues on the forth floor felt the tremors,” he said. They were all allowed back into their office at about 10.05am.

Residents in Lahad Datu said they felt dizzy after ‘some shaking on the ground.’

“I started to feel dizzy and did not realise that it was an earthquake until everything calmed down,” said businesswoman Bella Diaz.

A report on the Malaysia Meteorological Department website said the earthquake occurred at about 9.31am at the Sulu Sea, 183km northeast of Kinabatangan, Sabah.