6.0 Earthquake in Central Sabah, Malaysia

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that the Malaysian state of Sabah was impacted by an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale at 7:17am on June 5, 2015. The epicenter of the earthquake was approximately 19 kilometers from the town of Ranau and news outlets report that aftershocks have been felt 54 kilometers from the epicenter in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The U.S. Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise caution if traveling in the affected area or planning to do. If you or any other U.S. citizen require assistance, please contact the U.S. Embassy at 03 2168 5000.

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It is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high. Please follow these good personal security practices:

Avoid crowds or large gatherings when traveling in public;

Know where you are going and have a plan of what to do in the event you encounter demonstrations or violence;

Identify safe areas (for example police stations, hospitals, government buildings) in your area and how to get to them quickly;

Tell co-workers or neighbors where you’re going and when you intend to return;

Minimize your profile while in public;

Always carry a cell phone and make sure you have emergency numbers preprogrammed into your phone such as the Embassy’s emergency number: 03 2168 5000. Emergency numbers to keep handy are; Police (999), Fire (994), and for mobile phones dialers (112);

Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities for personal safety concerns;

Report concerns you may have to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Malaysia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Malaysia. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is located at 376 Jalan Tun Razak 50400, Kuala Lumpur and is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are a U.S. citizen and have any questions or concerns, please call the U.S. Embassy at (03) 2168-5000 or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website. We will post the most updated information on the website.