Two earthquakes exceeding 5.0 magnitude rock Lombok


A woman carries usable items from the ruins of her house in Kayangan district after the Lombok earthquake in August 2018. – Reuters file photo

JAKARTA: Earthquakes with magnitudes above 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Lombok island, Indonesia, this evening.

The first quake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale took place at 2.07 pm Western Indonesia Time and the epicentre was 24km northeast of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.

According to Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), it was followed by another quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale with the epicentre 7km northwest of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara at 2.09 pm.

The earthquake was felt in North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and all the way to Denpasar, in Bali.

There was no threat of tsunami reported and so far there were no reports of the quakes’ impact on residents and their villages. – Bernama