Damage Assessment in Earthquake Hit Areas in Ranau and Kundasang, Sabah

At 7:15 am on 5 June 2015, a moderate earthquke with a 5.9 magnitude struck Sabah. It is the strongest earthquake that has hit Malaysia in 39 years since 1976 Lahad Datu earthquake (Mw = 5.8).  The earhquake occurred due to strike-slip fault mechanism with the epicenter depth of 10 km. Tremors were felt in Ranau, Kundasang, Tambunan, Pendalaman, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud in Sabah.

DRN deployed two survey teams to conducted damage assessment in the earthquake affected areas in Ranau and Kundasang on the 8 June 2015 and 15-17 June 2015. The teams consist of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Taksiah A. Majid, Dr. Lau Tze Liang, Dr. Tan Chee Ghuan and Mr. Mohd. Irwan Adiyanto. These post-earthquake surveys were conducted with other higher institutions in Malaysia such as Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sabah Malaysia.


Survey Team

team 1 team 2


Post-Earthquake Survey on 8 June 2015 and 15-17 June 2015

Damage 1 Damage 2 

a) Hospital Ranau

Hospital Ranau 1 Hospital Ranau 2 Damage 5  

Hospital Ranau 4 Hospital Ranau 6


b) Masjid Ranau

Masjid Ranau 1 Masjid Ranau 2 Masjid Ranau 3


c) SMK Ranau

SMK Ranau 1 SMK Ranau 2 SMK Ranau 3

SMK Ranau 5 SMK Ranau 7 SMK Ranau 8 

SMK Ranau 9 SMK Ranau 4 microtremor 2


d) SK Kundasang

SK Kundasang 1 SK Kundasang 2