Quake injures 11 climbers and strands others on Malaysian peak

Jun 5, 2015 7:49 AM by Cheryl Wengren

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A Malaysian official says a magnitude-5.9 earthquake has injured 11 climbers on Southeast Asia's highest peak and about 130 people are stranded.

Malaysia's meteorological department says the quake struck northwest of Ranau district in Sabah state on Borneo early Friday at a depth of 54 kilometers (34 miles).

Sabah Parks director Jamili Nais says two climbers who were injured on Mount Kinabalu have been brought down. Nine more people are believed to be injured among the 137 stranded on the mountain.

Their climbing route is apparently blocked or made dangerous by rocks and boulders loosened by the quake and small aftershocks.

The park director said helicopters can't land due to bad weather and the high altitude, but park rangers and mountain guides are trying to help down the climbers.


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