Published: Tuesday 02 October, 2018

2 New Earthquakes Strike Indonesia: 5.9 and 6.0 Quakes Hit Sumba Island

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The island of Sumba in Indonesia. (USGS)

Still reeling from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last Friday, Indonesia was rocked by TWO earthquakes today on Sumba Island. A 5.9 magnitude tremor and another of 6.0 magnitude struck Sumba Island 15 minutes apart.

Sumba lies about 1,600 kilometers south of Sulawesi, the island devastated by a powerful 7.5 magnitude quake followed by a tsunami last Friday, September 28. According to latest reports, more than 1,200 people have died from that disaster with many still missing.

News reports from Indonesia say the first earthquake on Sumba struck at 2359 GMT around 45 kilometers off the island. This was followed by the 6.0 magnitude quake 15 minutes later. Sumba is home to more than three quarters of a million people.

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Like many of Indonesia’s islands, Sumba is also a popular tourist destination. Aside from its beaches and abundant natural resources, Sumba is also popular for its surfing.

So far, there have been no reports of damage or casualties.

Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are still underway in Palu City and Donggala district on Sulawesi. The Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia, Care for Humanity and Humanity Data Centre, as well as testimonies from survivors, said the deaths have reached 1,203. And there are fears more a trapped under collapsed buildings and flooded areas.


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