Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake Strikes Near Big Bear: USGS

Source US Geographical Survey

A 6.3-magnitude natural disaster rocked the Indonesia's Lombok on Sunday (Aug 19), just two weeks after a powerful quake shook the island.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-8.2 quake hit at a depth of 560 kilometers (348 miles) and was located 280 kilometers (174 miles) northeast of Fiji's Ndoi Island (red pin). I realised it was an natural disaster. The quakes have caused big landslides in Belanting village, East Lombok.

Residents said the tremor was felt strongly to the east of the island, and sent people fleeing into the streets.

The quake, and several aftershocks ranging up to magnitude 6.2, were felt as a rippling effect in the outer Lau islands group but residents in Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu, said they did not feel a thing.

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Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since the Aug 5 quake, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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