Earthquake measuring 6.1 hit Indonesia's Sumbawa region

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 22 January 2019, 07:37 AM
The quake hit a depth of 16 miles and hit 136 miles south of Raba in the east of the island. (Representational image)
The quake hit a depth of 16 miles and hit 136 miles south of Raba in the east of the island. (Representational image)

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit the Indonesian island of Sumbawa at 5. 29 am (IST) on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey. The latest earthquake comes as the country was hit by an earthquake on Lombok and a double earthquake-and-tsunami on Sulawesi last year. There were no immediate tsunami warnings or reports of damage or casualties from the earthquake, the Express reported. The quake hit a depth of 16 miles and hit 136 miles south of Raba in the east of the island. Raba, in the east of Sumbawa island, forms part of West Nusa Tenggara province. The USGS had first put the quake magnitude at 6.1. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on its website there was no current warning in effect.

On December 26 last year, an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 had struck 78 km east of Mataram in Indonesia. It came just days after a monster tsunami killed more the 400 people. The death toll from the tsunami that hit coastal areas of Indonesia's Java and Sumatra islands rose to 429, with almost 1500 injured and 154 missing.

The death count from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia rose to 429, with more than 1,000 people injured, on Wednesday the national disaster agency said. “Evacuation, search and rescue of victims continue. There are victims who are under the rubble of buildings and material washed away by the tsunami,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho had said. The district of Pandeglang was worst hit, with 207 killed and 755 injured.

First Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 07:13 AM
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