A day of mourning is being observed across Singapore and Malaysia’s Sabah state for those killed in the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.
The powerful tremor that hit one of South East Asia’s highest peaks and a popular trekking destination on Friday killed at least 16 people, including six Singaporean children on a school trip along with their teacher and guide, reported the BBC.
One Japanese and one Chinese tourist were among those killed. Over 130 people were rescued.
The flags in Singapore flew at half-mast and a minute’s silence was observed at Southeast Asian Games venues, which the city-state is hosting.
The quake was so strong that it broke one of Mount Kinabalu’s “Donkey’s Ear” rock formations and also damaged the buildings and roads.
The U.S. Geological Survey located the epicentre of the quake about 54 kilometres from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu, at a depth of 10 kilometres.