KOTA KINABALU: Tawau residents received a rude awakening when the town was shaken by tremors from a nearby earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale in the wee hours of Monday.
The tremors hit at about 2.50am, with the epicentre of the earthquake just 96km west of Tawau in the town of Tarakan, Indonesia.
A guest at a hotel in Tawau, Adriana Mijoh, said she was sleeping when she felt the building shake.
"It jolted me awake and I immediately woke my husband up before getting out of our hotel room," said the mother of three.
She said many others had evacuated nearby buildings, and the street was already full of people when she made it down.
Tremors were also felt in Kota Kinabalu at around the same time.
A staff member from a local hospital said he was on duty when thought he had dizzy spell.
"I thought it was tiredness but suddenly my handphone started buzzing with news of tremors," he said.
Tawau Fire and Rescue Department officials said they sent teams out to check on the damage and situation around the district following the tremor.
No injuries or major damage have been reported so far.