Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

7.0-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

7.0-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

Indonesia's Lombok Island was rocked by a powerful 7.0 magnitude natural disaster Sunday evening, a week after being hit by another deadly temblor.

The natural disaster struck off the north coast of Indonesia's island of Lombok, the US Geological Survey said.

The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency BMKG has issued a tsunami warning.

"There is the possibility of a destructive local tsunami near the epicenter", the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Center said in a bulletin.

The quake caused light damage as far away as the Javanese city of Bandung, some 955 km from Mataram, but was felt strongly on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

Authorities have issued a tsunami warning in the aftermath which covers North Lombok, East and North Bali, the north side of East Java, Southeast Madura, South Kalimantan, and South Sulawesi.

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The quake struck off the north coast of Lombok island.

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The USGS slightly downgraded Sunday's quake after initially calling it 7.0-magnitude.

Officials said travellers at the global airports in Bali and Lombok were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but that operations were not disrupted.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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