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19 August 2018 12:36 pm

Indonesia quake update: 6.3-strong aftershock felt; tsunami warning likely

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) announced that the holiday island of Lombok, located in the biggest Muslim country in the world, has been shaken by another strong earthquake today (August 18), after weeks of tremors that have killed more than 460 people.

"Sunday's quake measured a 6.3-magnitude and was at a depth of 7.9km (4.9 miles). There are no recorded casualties so far," the USGS said in a statement.

The US-based scientific agency also disclosed that the epicentre was on the north-eastern shoulder of the island at the foot of Mount Rinjani. They continued: "We're not issuing any tsunami warning at the moment."

Residents said the tremor was felt strongly to the east of Lombok—which has been rocked by hundreds of quakes and tremors since July 29—and sent people fleeing into the streets.

The biggest quake, which measured 6.9 magnitude, happened on August 5 and killed more than 430 people. It leveled homes, mosques and businesses, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, including many tourists.

A disaster mitigation agency spokesman said that activity on the island was normal and Mount Rinjani, where hundreds of trekkers were stranded after the July 29 quake, was closed and there are no tourists there at the moment.

Lombok suffered damage running to more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from the Aug. 5 earthquake, authorities said last week.

More than 350,000 people fled their homes after that quake to shelter in government-provided tents or makeshift structures in open fields. Authorities said aid was slow getting to some of the hardest-hit areas as they are remote.

Lombok, which lies just east of Bali, is Indonesia's most famous tourist destination.

Same with Lombok, another part of the globe is experiencing such natural disasters. In Kerala's case, incessant rainfall resulting to the worst floods in over a century is currently taking place and affecting countless of residents for more than a week now. You can donate cash and goods here

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