Malaysia earthquake updates provided by social media

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Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia was hit with a 6.0 earthquake that devastated the area and resulted in at least two deaths. Photo: Shutterstock

Two mountain climbers are dead, another 11 are injured and some 160 climbers are stranded after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked the Malaysia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. Of the 160 reported stranded, 40 climbers have been reported missing.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about five miles from the summit of Mount Kinabalu, a 13,500-foot peak that is a favorite for climbers. The impact of the earthquake triggered dangerous boulders and rockfalls, stranding the climbers and destroying a famous rock formation on Mount Kinabalu known as “Donkey’s Ear.”

In the aftermath, folks took to social media to share their experiences and spread the word.

Masidi Manjun, the Minister of Tourism for Malaysia’s Sabah state took to his Twitter account to provide updates of the event.

The government of Sabah is currently focusing on supplying the climbers with food and water …

… while attempting to find a way to get them off the mountain.

Manjun, also shared this before and after of the “Donkey’s Ear.”

Posts to social media from those stuck on the mountain have also shed light on the situation.

Facebook user “Charlene Dmp” shared photos early on from the mountain showing herself and other climbers stranded below the peak.

“Hi everyone. Currently we’re waiting for the helicopter to save us. We cannot go down,” wrote Charlene. “[Thank you] for all your concern and prayers.”

While her friend “Lilian Lsf” told everyone she made it to safety.

survived a near death experience. safely reached Timpohon . thank you everyone.

Posted by Lilian Lsf on Friday, June 5, 2015

And a video posted on Youtube by the Malaysian publication The Star claims to show the moment the earthquake struck:

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