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Strong 6.0-magnitude quake rocks Malaysia's Borneo

Major earthquakes are rare in Malaysia

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island early Friday, the US Geological survey, but there were no initial reports of casualties and no tsunami warning was issued.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, with its epicentre located 19 kilometres (12 miles) from the town of Ranau and about 54 kilometres from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu.

Major earthquakes are rare in Malaysia, which lies just outside the Ring of Fire, the belt of seismic activity running around the Pacific basin.

Malaysian social media users uploaded photos purportedly showing damaged roads, shattered storefront windows and cracked walls and floors in Sabah.

But there were no initial reports of major damage.