Four massive earthquakes reaching 6.4 magnitude strike south of Indonesia in just five hours – coming within kilometres of Western Australia

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
By Paul Martin

Four powerful earthquakes have hit the Indian Ocean, kilometres from Australia
The first took place on Tuesday morning, with the last happening five hours later
Seismologists believe the strongest of the quakes could be felt 700km away
No immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage or casualties were made]

By ALEX CHAPMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
22 January 2019

A quartet of earthquakes have struck Indonesia’s southern waters – bare kilometres from the north-west coast of Australia – in the span of only five hours.

The worst of the quakes – a 6.4 magnitude strike – struck the Indian Ocean at about 1pm Tuesday local time.

Before it, another three earthquakes were recorded in the same area, two of which were less than 10 minutes apart.

The largest of the earthquakes, being the final, had a radius reaching only kilometres from the Western Australian north coast.

The first of the quakes struck at 7.59am (local time) in the ocean off the south-west coast of the Nusa Tenggara Timur island and to the west of Australia.

The shake was measured at magnitude 6.0 and went 37kilometres below the earth’s surface, according to the Australian Government’s Earthquakes GA website.

Less than 10 minutes later, a magnitude 5.2 aftershock was also recorded in the same spot at a depth of 45km.

A third earthquake, also measured at 5.2 struck an hour later before the magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit at 1.10pm just seven kilometres below the surface.

The final tremor was so strong, seismologists believe it may have been felt up to 697km and as far away as Denpasar and Surabaya in central Indonesia.

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