PETALING JAYA - Helicopters are being deployed to rescue climbers on Mount Kinabalu.
Climber Charlene Dmp wrote on Facebook that she and 11 other climbers are now waiting for the helicopter to rescue them.
"We cannot go down for now because banyak batu-batu jatuh (many rocks are falling). It is not safe to trek down as there are still tremors.
"Thank you for all your concern and prayers," she wrote.
Tremors shook Kota Kinabalu and other parts of Sabah's west coast Friday morning 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.
People at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu have reported rockfalls and landslips
and officials are waiting for the situation to settle before determining the next course of action.
The US Geological Survey put the Richter scale at 6 but no tsunami warning was issued.
The strong quake reportedly struck at a depth of 10km, with its epicentre located 19km from the town of Ranau, and 54km from Kota Kinabalu.
Apart from the state capital, tremors were felt in the northern Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, and as far away Beaufort in the south.
No casualties have been reported so far.