Indonesia’s Lombok Hit by Another Big Earthquake

Cathy He
By Cathy He
August 19, 2018World News
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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Aug. 19, after an earthquake killed more than 430 people there earlier this month.

The USGS estimated the depth of the latest tremor at 4.9 miles.

A video posted on twitter by the Peduli Anuk Foundation, an Indonesian non-for-profit, shows collapsed buildings in a Rempek village in the north of the island.

Other videos show landslides in east Lombok as a result of the latest quake.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Aug. 5 damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced several hundred thousand people in Lombok. Since then, multiple aftershocks have caused further damage and panic to those still reeling from the devastating quake earlier this month.

More than 13,000 homes were badly damaged over the weekend from the aftershocks, The Mirror reported.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 Indonesians.

Reuters contributed to the report.

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