New earthquakes hit the Indonesian island of Lombok | News | DW
A shallow magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Indonesia’s remote island of Lombok just after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday (1500 UTC), causing a number of landslides and panic in some villages. It was followed by several aftershocks. At least five people are believed to have died.
Earlier Sunday, a 6.3 earthquake caused landslides and damaged buildings.
The US Geological Survey said the first tremor was centered in the northeast of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). The second was also relatively shallow and centered about three miles south of the town of Belanting.
Patients from a hospital on Sumbawa Island, 10 kilometers east of Lombok, were evacuated for fear the building would collapse.
Earthquake damage in the village of Pamenang, north of Lombok
A weakened hall collapses, landslides
“The [first] The earthquake caused people to panic and their homes to flee, âSutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for Indonesia’s national disaster agency, told Metro TV. âWe are still checking.
He said a community hall damaged by previous tremors in the Sembalun sub-district in Lombok had collapsed.
A video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing on Sunday from the slopes of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano.
Awakened by an “incredible” shake
“The earthquake was incredibly strong. Everything was shaking,” said Agus Salim, a local resident, who was sleeping in an evacuation tent.
“I had just fallen asleep when all of a sudden it started to shake … Everyone was running down the street screaming and crying,” he said, adding that a power outage ensued. is followed.
A map showing the scope of the Lombok earthquake
Earthquake prone region
The island, located just east of Bali, has been affected by a number of earthquakes and aftershocks since July 29.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake on August 5 left 460 people dead, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and displaced several hundred thousand people.
The damage caused by the earthquake was estimated at at least 5,000 billion rupees (300 million euros, 343 million dollars).
Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Massive earthquake off Fiji
Also on Sunday, a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean near Fiji and Tonga, which are also on the “Ring of Fire”.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 361 kilometers (224 miles) east of Fiji’s capital, Suva, at a depth of 563 kilometers.
The Fijian government’s seismology unit issued a statement saying the earthquake “posed no immediate threat to the region of Fiji due to its depth.”
Read more: Ring of Fire: five facts about the most earthquake-prone region of the world
tj, jm / aw (AP, AFP, Reuters)
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