Lombok earthquake: Strong tremors shake Indonesian island


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Sunday’s earthquake triggered folks to panic and flee their houses, officers stated

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by two sturdy earthquakes, after weeks of tremors which have killed lots of of individuals.

One magnitude 6.three quake at a depth of seven.9km (four.9 miles) triggered landslides and killed one individual on Sunday.

It was felt strongly to the east of the island, and despatched folks fleeing into the streets.

Officers later reported a 7.zero tremor at a depth of 10km off the island. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

The island has been rocked by lots of of quakes and tremors since 29 July.

The most important quake – of 6.9 magnitude – was on 5 August, and killed greater than 460 folks.

It levelled houses, mosques and companies, displacing lots of of 1000’s, together with many vacationers.

Within the first within the sequence, on 29 July, a 6.four magnitude quake trigged landslides within the mountain area of the island and killed at the least 16 folks.

What occurred on Sunday?

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Travellers had been evacuated from Lombok Worldwide Airport throughout Sunday’s quake

The primary quake “triggered folks to panic and flee their houses”, nationwide catastrophe company spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho informed native media.

One individual died from a “violent shock”, native officers stated. About 100 houses had been severely broken, they added.

“I used to be driving to ship support to evacuees when abruptly the electrical energy pole was swaying,” East Lombok resident Agus Salim informed information company AFP. “Individuals began to scream and cry. All of them ran to the road.”

In Mataram, the island’s capital, lights went out in a buying centre and other people ran from their houses for open fields, eyewitnesses stated.

Endri Susanto informed AFP: “Individuals are traumatised by the earlier earthquakes, and aftershocks by no means appear to cease.”

Landslides had been reported in a nationwide park the place lots of of hikers had been trapped after the primary quake.

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Lombok has suffered greater than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million; £268 million) in damages following the 5 August earthquake, authorities stated final week.

Lombok is a roughly four,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island east of the marginally bigger island of Bali.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquakes as a result of it lies on the Ring of Hearth – the road of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles nearly the whole Pacific rim.

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