Second quake rips through Indonesian island Lombok, kills two

 Monday, August 20, 2018 


Lombok-earthquakeThe Indonesian island of Lombok has been ripped apart severely by a series of fatal earthquakes on Sunday, just two weeks following a quake that killed at least 430 people.


Two consecutive quakes hit the popular tourist island, with one measuring a powerful magnitude 6.9 as per the US Geological Survey.


A strong 6.3 magnitude quake has hit the island on Sunday morning killing two people as per the spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of disaster mitigation agency who mentioned this on a micro blogging site.


The casualties resulted from collapsed houses, one on Lombok and another on nearby Sumbawa island.


The larger quake took place at a depth of about 12.5 miles. Many houses were reported to have been damaged or collapsed. This island continues to reel from three major quakes earlier this month that had left hundreds dead and damaged the tourist site heavily.


Dozens of people have been injured in the last month. The earthquakes earlier in August have caused an estimated $469 million in damage.


Rescuers have found some remote areas hard to reach because bridges and roads have been destroyed by the earthquakes. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes and have been put in temporary shelters.


Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the “Ring of Fire,” an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.


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