Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia a Week After Another Deadly Temblor

Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia a Week After Another Deadly Temblor

A magnitude 7.0 quake centered on the Indonesian island of Lombok rocked the tourist destination as well as nearby Bali, and authorities said the temblor could trigger a tsunami.

In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia. Hopefully you are away from the coastline or up in a higher bldg until tsunami possibility passes, ' said a third.

Footage appearing to show the impact of aftershocks has already appeared online, with one person reporting how they felt the quake from the neighboring Bali island.

No official information about possible casualties was available more than two hours after the quake, which struck in the early evening after sunset. Authorities said the quake may have caused some damage.

"The latest data we have is that 19 people are dead at Tanjung Hospital (North Lombok)", Agus Hendra Sanjaya, Mataram search and rescue spokesman, told AFP.

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On July 29, a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster has struck off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia followed by 66 aftershocks with the highest of those with a recorded magnitude of 5.7.

An natural disaster measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia on Sunday.

The Independent reported that the warning comes just a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and prompted a large-scale evacuation of a volcano popular with hikers.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

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