7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia; tsunami warning lifted

Larry Hoffman
August 5, 2018

A magnitude 7 quake struck off the north coast of Indonesia's island of Lombok, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said.

It struck at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on Lombok and briefly stranded hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano.

The quake also triggered a tsunami warning for the area that since has been canceled, said Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. Hopefully you are away from the coastline or up in a higher bldg until tsunami possibility passes, ' said a third.

It was a very different experience for a young couple from the United Kingdom who told Mirror who got engaged just five minutes before the quake struck.

The quake was about 6.5 miles deep, according to the USGS.

Video aired by Kompas TV showed patients being evacuated from a hospital in Bali's Tabanan district.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told KompasTV that the quake strongly jolted Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, and may have caused damage there.

Last week's natural disaster stranded more than 500 hikers on a mountain in Lombok.

An quake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia on Sunday. Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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