Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Tsunami warning issued after quake strikes near Lombok

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Indonesia's Lombok island tsunami warning issued Representational Image
Charlie Simmons | 05 August, 2018, 20:13

Mataram: -A major quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday killed at least 19 people, injured dozens and damaged buildings, officials said.

The quake struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers off the north coast of Lombok, a little over a mile from Loloan village, the USGS said.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake struck.

"There is the possibility of a destructive local tsunami near the epicenter", the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Center said in a bulletin.

The quake was felt some 100km away on the bustling resort island of Bali, and there were early reports of damage including to Ngurah Rai International Airport. That natural disaster was felt in Bali but caused no damage there.

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In Bali, model Chrissy Tiegen tweeted "oh my god".

Members of a Singapore delegation in Lombok, Indonesia, for a security conference are safe after Sunday's magnitude 7.0 natural disaster, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.

"Oh man. We are on stilts".

The Independent reported that the warning comes just a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and prompted a large-scale evacuation of a volcano popular with hikers. She had been in Bali on vacation with husband John Legend, 2-year-old Luna and 2-month-old Miles for about a week, when the quakes struck.

Much stronger than the last one in Lombok that we felt in Bali'.

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