Indonesia earthquakes: Two strong quakes ROCK Sumbawa – Ring of Fire shakes

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
By Paul Martin

A STRONG earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit an Indonesian island today shortly before another magnitude 6.6 quake struck the island again, according to the US Geological Survey.

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

The earthquakes hit south of Indonesia’s Sumbawa island. Indonesia has a deadly and unlucky history with earthquakes due to its position in the Ring of Fire. The latest earthquakes come as the country was hit by an earthquake on Lombok and a double earthquake-and-tsunami on Sulawesi last year.

The large Indonesian island is home to almost 1.4 million people and is located in the Lesser Sunda island chain.

There were no immediate tsunami warnings or reports of damage or casualties from the earthquake.

The initial quake hit a depth of 16 miles and hit 136 miles south of Raba in the east of the island.

Raba, in the east of Sumbawa island, forms part of West Nusa Tenggara province.

Due to the depth and position of the first quake’s epicentre, the effects would have been felt near to the surface.

More than 100 people died when an earthquake devastated the tourist island of Lombok near Bali in August.

In September an earthquake hit the area around Palu on the island of Sulawesi in northern Indonesia.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake spawned a tsunami and together the two natural disasters devastated the region reducing large parts of Palu and other towns to rubble.

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