6 Jun 2015

New Zealanders safe following Malaysia quake

9:38 am on 6 June 2015

The Government says a New Zealander has safely descended one of south-east Asia's highest peaks after the region was hit by a magnitude-six earthquake.

Mt Kinabalu

Mt Kinabalu Photo: 123rf

Initial attempts to rescue them from Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia's Sabah province had to be abandoned because of bad weather.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said local authorities say a New Zealand climber made their way down the mountain safely yesterday.

There were unconfirmed reports that some climbers had been injured and up to two people killed.

The magnitude-six quake was centred close to Mt Kinabalu which is a popular peak for overseas climbers.

Malaysian media reported at least one person had died, with rescuers trying to reach victims buried under rocks.

Mt Kinabalu, which stands at 4,095m, is popular with climbers from around the world.

Many are attracted to the challenging "via ferrata" climbing route, where cables, metal rungs and bridges are set into the rocks on the steep terrain to help people ascend.