KOTA KINABALU: Hundreds of people on the coast of eastern Sabah were rudely awakened in the wee hours by tremors from a 5.5-magnitude earthquake in the Sulu Sea.
Many of them rushed out of their homes as the tremors lasting between 60 and 90 seconds shook Semporna, Kunabak and Lahad Datu at about 1.19am yesterday.
The tremors were triggered by a moderate earthquake about 10km deep in the sea on the Philippines side of the Sulu Sea and some 148km northeast of Semporna.
The quake did not trigger a tsunami and there were no reports of casualties or damage to buildings.
Firemen and policemen were mobilised and they also helped calm the people by explaining that there was no danger of a tsunami.
Several resort workers on the islands off Semporna felt the tremors but many slept through the incident. Semporna police chief Supt Peter Umbuas said the tremors were felt in most parts of the district.