Two strong quakes hit Indonesia – USGS
WASHINGTON, United States – Two strong quakes struck the Indonesian archipelago late Saturday and early Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
A shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck the island of Lombok at 6:47 a.m. (local time), the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of damage after the powerful quake, whose epicenter was at a depth of seven kilometers, according to the agency.
Hours earlier, a deep 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Saturday, the USGS also reported.
There was no tsunami warning.
The strong quake was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north-northeast of Maumere town on the island of Flores, the USGS said, at a depth of 360 miles.
Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.
It is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless. However, the archipelago remains acutely alert to tremors that might trigger tsunamis.
In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia. /cbb
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