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Indonesian earthquake swarm kills 12 people

Indonesian earthquake swarm kills 12 people Video Image A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, just hours af...

Indonesian earthquake swarm kills 12 people

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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, just hours after another 6.3 tremor hit the tourist destination. The 6.3 magnitude tremor triggered landslides and damages, but there are no reports of injuries or fatalities. It comes just weeks after a 7.0 earthquake killed more than 430 people on the island.

A woman carries her child as they make their way past collapsed homes in the village of Sugar on Indonesia's Lombok island. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

MULTIPLE strong earthquakes have killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10pm was one of several powerful earthquakes on Sunday in the northeast of Lombok that also caused landslides. At least 10 people on Lombok and neighbouring Sumbawa island were killed by collapsing buildings or heart attacks, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Monday.

A man inspects destroyed homes following an earthquake on Lombok island, Indonesia. Picture: AP

A man inspects destroyed homes following an earthquake on Lombok island, Indonesia. Picture: APSource:AP

Two people died earlier on Sunday on Lombok during a magnitude 6.3 quake. More than 1800 houses were damaged, at least half of them severely, Nugroho said.

The sw arm of quakes caused panic in Sembalun subdistrict on Lombok in the shadow of Mount Rinjani, but many people were already staying in tents following the deadly jolt in early August and its hundreds of aftershocks. On Sumbawa, a neighbourhood was engulfed by a fire that started in a collapsed house.

“People panicked and scattered,” Nugroho said.

“Some people are hysterical because they feel earthquake aftershocks that are harder than before. They heard a roar that probably came from landslides in the hills and Mount Rinjani.”

Patients are treated outside a hospital following another series of earthquakes in Indonesia. Picture: AP

Patients are treated outside a hospital following another series of earthquakes in Indonesia. Picture: APSource:AP

Dwikorita Karnawatim, who heads Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, said buildings that haven’t collap sed so far have suffered repeated stress, and authorities have urged people to avoid both the mountain’s slopes and weakened buildings.

Sunday night’s tremor occurred on a different fault and was not an aftershock of the magnitude 7.0 quake on August 5 that killed 460 people, damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced several hundred thousand people. The quake lasting five to 10 seconds also was felt in the neighbouring island of Bali and as far away as East Java and Makassar in Sulawesi.

Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island. Picture: AFP

Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Quakes earlier on Sunday caused landslides on Rinjani, an active volcano. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of du st billowing from the mountain’s slopes.

Rinjani has been closed to visitors following a July earthquake that killed 16 people, triggered landslides and stranded hundreds of tourists on the mountain.

A man jumps over a crack in the ground in Mataram. Picture: AFP

A man jumps over a crack in the ground in Mataram. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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