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Tourist arrested for posing nude at sacred site causing deadly earthquake

By Mason White 9:51 AM June 9, 2015
Tourist pose nude on Mount Kinabalu 

By: Wayne Morin
A tourist was arrested on charges of causing a public nuisance after allegedly posing nude, causing a deadly earthquake, police in Malaysia said.

The 38-year-old man of Europe, allegedly stripped and urinated on Mount Kinabalu before the deadly earthquake and posted the pictures on Facebook.

The tourist was arrested in Kota Kinabalu, moments before boarding a plane to the Philippines. If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $106.

The man was among a group of 10 foreign tourists who stripped and posed for pictures at the top of the mountain.

The images were subsequently published on the Internet, angering residents who blamed the earthquake on the indecency.

They believe that the nudist angered the spirits and prompted them to shake the mountain. Mount Kinabalu is considered sacred as people believe it to be the resting place for spirits.

16 people have been confirmed dead and two remain missing.