6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Lombok island in Indonesia, the 2nd in less than a day
The powerful jolt occurred 4 km away from the village of Belanting in northeastern Lombok, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports. The epicenter of the new earthquake was some 20 km underground.
M6.9 shallow earthquake in Lombok is as large as the previously largest earthquake and towards the eastern end of the sequence, significant damage is expected https://t.co/1chzODRNlupic.twitter.com/QRdItrLgbK— Jascha Polet (@CPPGeophysics) August 19, 2018
Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no tsunami warning after the quake.
The tremor was felt on the nearby Indonesian islands, including Bali, which is a popular tourist destination. The spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) tweeted a video showing tourists pouring out of their hotels into the streets as they felt the jolt.
Wisatawan asing di Bali segera keluar dari bangunan merasakan guncangan gempa 7 SR di Lombok Timur pada 19/8/2018 pukul 21.56 WIB. Gempa dirasakan keras di Lombok Timur. Gempa juga dirasakan di Bali, Sumbawa, Jawa Timur dan Makassar. Masih dilakukan pendataan dampak gempa. pic.twitter.com/2jNBkWDFUf— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) 19 августа 2018 г.
Disaster management officials report electricity outages and pitch black conditions throughout the island and say they are continuing to co-ordinate with officials locally.
The earthquake followed another powerful jolt of 6.3 magnitude, which damaged a number of houses and injured several people on the island. The major quakes were accompanied by several lesser jolts.
Earlier in August, Lombok island was rocked by powerful 6.9 quake followed with hundreds of aftershocks. The disastrous tremor leveled many buildings and killed at least 436 people. Tens of thousands of properties were damaged and thousands of people have been displaced.
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