According to a Meteorological Department statement, the epicentre located at 6.1 degrees north and 116.6 east, was about 16km northwest of Ranau

KUALA LUMPUR: Another earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale has occurred in Ranau, Sabah at 8.09am this morning.

According to a Meteorological Department statement today, the epicentre located at 6.1 degrees north and 116.6 east, was about 16km northwest of Ranau.

“The tremors could be felt in Ranau,” it said.

Yesterday, a moderate 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Ranau at 9.06pm. Following that, tremors could  be felt by many residents in the West Coast of Sabah.

The quake could also be felt at several locations including Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Penampang, Tuaran, Kudat and Kota Marudu.

The strongest earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale with its epicentre at Mount Kinabalu occurred in 2015.

Meanwhile a strong 6.7 quake on the Richter scale shocked New Ireland Province, 117km east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea at 1.39am this morning.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Govt ready to provide assistance

Meanwhile the government will ensure assistance is readily available following a 5.2 magnitude earthquake which shocked Ranau last night, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced.

“Got the news on earthquake in Ranau, I was informed so far there were no injuries reported.

“I hope all affected areas will take precautionary measures while the government will ensure assistance is readily available,” he said in a Twitter posting today.

— Bernama

Tags: Ranau, earthquake, Najib Razak, assistance

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