Magnitude 6.4 Quake Hits Indonesia’s Lombok Island: USGS

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By Reuters
July 28, 2018World News
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Magnitude 6.4 Quake Hits Indonesia’s Lombok Island: USGS
Fallen debris is seen following an earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, July 29, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Courtesy of Rifqi/Social Media via Reuters)

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Sunday struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, and was quickly followed by an aftershock, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake, which struck at 6:47 a.m. on Sunday (2247 GMT on Saturday), was followed less than an hour later by an aftershock of magnitude 5.4 in the same area, the USGS said.

The epicenter’s location was revised to 30.7 miles (49.5 km) northeast of the island’s main city of Mataram. The tremor was only 4.35 miles deep (7 km), a shallow depth that would have amplified its effect.

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Debris is seen following an earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, July 29, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Courtesy of Rifqi/Social Media via Reuters)

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the European quake agency, put the magnitude at 6.5.

The earthquake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami.

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Sunday struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, and was quickly followed by an aftershock at 6.47 a.m. on July 29, 2018. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Lombok is the next island east of Bali.

By Sandra Maler

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