A weak earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale struck near Ranau, about 100km east of Kota Kinabalu on Friday (Aug 26), according to the Meteorological Department.
It said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9.39am, was 16km west of Ranau and tremors were felt in the area. Mount Kinabalu is the area's best known attraction.
The quake was felt in Ranau, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran, The Star reported. The daily also cited mountain guide Mollonius Tingdal who said he and several climbers were on their way down from the summit of Mount Kinabalu when they felt tremors at Pondok Paka, which located at altitude of 3,080m.
Ranau Fire and Rescue Station chief Jimmy Lagung said the station had not received reports of any emergency or damage to property following the quake.
"Although we have not received any reports, we are monitoring the situation," he said. "Our teams are ready to be sent to any area facing an emergency."
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding districts on Jun 5, 2015 killing 18 people, mainly mountain climbers and guides.
Nine of them were from Singapore, six from Malaysia and one each from China, Japan and the Philippines.