A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded at the Celebes Sea, slightly north-east of Semporna, says the Malaysian meteorological department.
The tremors which were felt in Sabah, happened at about 2.13pm.
“However, there is no threat of tsunami,” said the department.
Meanwhile, Star Online reported that people ran out of multi-storey buildings in the state capital of Kota Kinabalu following tremors felt on the east coast.
It reported that tremors were felt in various parts of the east coast of Sabah that included Sandakan, Tawau as well as Kota Kinabalu.
Office worker Ricka Johan was quoted to have said that as he felt the tremors, he thought his head was spinning.
John Gordon, a civil servant, said he felt his chair shaking and stood up, and experienced headache as a result of the tremors.
“I used the stairs to run down three floors,” he said.-Mkini