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Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok

Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok
Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok
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Accordingly the United States Geological Survey said the powerful quake, whose epicenter was at a depth of seven kilometers (four miles), hit at 6:47 am local time (2247 GMT Saturday). As per report it struck 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the island's main city Mataram. Meanwhile Lombok in southeastern Indonesia is a popular tourist destination, and lies around 100 km east of the resort island of Bali.



Moreover Indonesia's geophysics and meteorology agency said at least 11 aftershocks were recorded after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake. Agency spokesman Hary Tirto Djatmiko said in a statement "So far we have not received any report on damages". He added No tsunami alert was issued. People living near the epicenter felt a strong jolt. Zulkifli, a resident of North Lombok, close to the epicenter said "The earthquake was very strong and everybody in his house panicked, we all ran outside and all his neighbors also ran outside and the electricity was suddenly cut off”.

Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok

Furthermore Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot. Moreover it is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless. However, the region remains acutely alert to tremors that might trigger tsunamis. Earlier in 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia. 

Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok

Shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesian island of Lombok
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