KOTA KINABALU - Tremors shook Kota Kinabalu and other parts of Sabah's west coast on Friday after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit near Ranau district.
Initial reports from the Malaysian Meteorological Services Department said the quake struck 16km northwest of Ranau at 7.17am.
The US Geological Survey put the Richter scale at 6, saying the temblor hit 19km northwest of Ranau.
Apart from the state capital, the tremors were felt in the northern Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, and as far away Beaufort in the south.
The tremors shook buildings and rattled windows prompting people to run out from their houses, shops, and even at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport terminal.
Immediate damages caused by the earthquake could not be immediately ascertained.
An AFP report put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.0.
According to the report, Malaysia does experience earthquakes but is outside the Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic activity running around the basin of the Pacific Ocean that includes neighbours Indonesia and the Philippines.