Quake Wrecks Landmark, Traps 160 Climbers

Malaysian authorities trying to reach stranded group
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2015 3:40 AM CDT
Quake Wrecks Landmark, Traps 160 Climbers
Mount Kinabalu's "Donkey's Ear" formation before today's quake.   (Flickr/Eric BC Lim)

(Newser) – Terror on Mount Kinabalu: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake this morning trapped scores of climbers and guides, some of them badly injured, on Borneo's highest mountain, the BBC reports. Malaysian authorities estimate there are 160 people on the 13,435-foot mountain and say that since the "trail has been rendered impassable by falling rocks" and the weather is too bad for helicopter rescues, they're looking for another way to get to the climbers, reports CNN. There have been no reports of major damage elsewhere in the region, but tourism officials say the quake snapped off part of the iconic "Donkey's Ear" rock formation on the mountain. (Read more Borneo stories.)

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