Jakarta, August 5: An earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia on Sunday. At least three people have been killed after the strong quake hit the region. The tsunami warning that was issued by the Indonesian authorities has been cancelled now. According to a tweet by ANI, reports quoted the US Geological Survey (USGS) saying that the quake hit the Lombok island- a famous island in Indonesia. More details are awaited. No casualties have been reported so far.
Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The earthquake also rocked the popular tourist mecca of Bali as the country's Lombok Island is located next to Bali.
In July, over 680 people were trapped on a volcano on tourist island Lombok, after a deadly earthquake hit the island nation. The quake claimed more than a dozen lives. The authorities had carried a rescue operation for the trapped tourists in landslides on Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the Lombok island.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) August 5, 2018
CNN quoted National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho saying that 689 people were trapped on and around the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain following the shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Sunday morning.
On July 29, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia followed by 66 aftershocks with the highest of those with a recorded magnitude of 5.7. The earthquake affected the three districts of North Lombok, East Lombok and West Lombok.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 50 kilometres northeast of the city Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, with a depth of 10 km.