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Strong M6.2 aftershock strikes Lombok 4 days after devastating M7.0 killed more than 131 people, Indonesia


A strong aftershock registered by BMKG as M6.2 hit Lombok, Indonesia at 05:25 UTC (12:25 WIB) on August 9, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). USGS registered it as M5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

This quake hit just 4 days after devastating M7.0 (BMKG) hit the same area. As of late August 8, the death toll reached 131. 1 477 people were seriously injured and 156 000 displaced. 42 239 houses were damaged as well as 458 schools. The numbers are still expected to rise as data collection is still not completed.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of today’s quake was located 23.2 km (14.4 miles) NNE of Mataram (population 318 674), 35.1 km (21.8 miles) NNW of Praya (population 35 183), 39.6 km (24.6 miles) NNE of Lembar (population 10 000), and 51.9 km (32.2 miles) WNW of Labuan Lombok (population 10 000).

There are 4 740 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles) and 28 000 within 10 km.

This quake had no tsunami potential, authorities said.

The BMKG registered a total of 334 aftershocks following the August 5 M7.0 Lombok earthquake by 14:00 UTC, August 8.


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At 22:47 UTC (06:47 local time) on July 28, this same area was hit by M6.4 earthquake at a depth of 6.4 km (3.9 miles). At least 17 people were killed, 160+ injured and thousands of homes damaged.

Featured image credit: USGS





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