6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island
Less than a month after an earthquake killed hundreds of people, the Indonesian island of Lombok experienced a series of quakes on Sunday.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured a 6.9 magnitude quake late Sunday evening local time. That quake came after two others earlier in the day that registered at magnitudes 6.3 and 5.4 respectively, according to The Associated Press.
The AP reports that Sunday's earthquakes caused more structural damage to the island's buildings and triggered power outages and landslides:
"The daytime quakes caused landslides on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano, and panic in villages. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes.
"The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said one person died from a heart attack during the biggest of the daytime quakes and nearly 100 houses near the epicenter were severely damaged.
"The shaking from the daytime quakes toppled motorcycles and damaged buildings in Lombok's Sembalun subdistrict, including a community hall that collapsed. The hall had sustained damage in earlier quakes, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho."
Kondisi terkini di #lombok , kota mataram, paska gempa bumi yang kembali terjadi. Listrik padam. Warga berhamburan dijalan. pic.twitter.com/zZcpiuPxa6— Indonesian Red Cross (@palangmerah) August 19, 2018
These earthquakes come as the island is still trying to recover from another 6.9-magnitude quake that struck on Aug. 5. That quake killed at least 460 people, injured more than a thousand others, and toppled many homes, turning buildings into piles of rubble.
Another 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 29 killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100 others.
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