Lombok: magnitude-6.3 quake rocks Indonesian island

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2018

Small tsunami waves have been observed but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected based on available data.

A fresh tremor of 6.3 magnitude struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, the US Geological Survey has confirmed, after an quake killed more than 430 people there earlier this month.

The quake's depth at 347.7 miles (560 km) would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

There were no immediate reports of damage or potential casualties.

A shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, Indonesia.

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Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

According to the US Geological Survey the tremor was centred west-southwest of Belanting town in East Lombok.

The quake, and several aftershocks ranging up to magnitude 6.2, were felt as a rippling effect in the outer Lau islands group but residents in Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu, said they did not feel a thing.

"I would not expect any damage".

Hotel staff in Neiafu told Reuters by telephone that they did feel the natural disaster, but it did not cause any damage.

Other reports by GizPress

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