A 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Sunday, just a week after a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the same area.
According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the earthquake was felt at 7:46 p.m. local time with an epicenter located 18 kilometers southwest of East Lombok with a depth of 15 km.
The agency initially placed the northern part of East and West Lombok on a tsunami alert soon after the quake but the alert was revoked at around 9:30 p.m. local time.
The tremor was felt in neighboring Bali and some parts of East Java.
As of Aug. 9 evening, the BNPB has recorded at least 259 deaths and 1,033 injuries as a result of the quake. Thousands of buildings were damaged and 270,168 of people fled their homes after the tsunami alert.
The worst hit area was North Lombok regency, where at least 72 people were killed and 64 were injured. Sutopo said most of the deaths were caused by falling building debris.
Power outages also hit North and East Lombok, while Lombok International Airport sustained some minor damage and halted operations temporarily before resuming at 8:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara on Thursday afternoon, only four days after a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated the island.
According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the earthquake’s epicenter was located 13 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital of Mataram. The authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.
BMKG’s Earthquake and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's earthquake.
The tremor triggered panic among residents and forced rescue teams to rearrange their operations. Residents have been encouraged to stay outdoors.