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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Earthquake jolts Mataram, causes panic

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  01:07 am

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Mataram on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Thursday morning, triggering panic among residents, most of whom were survivors of multiple earthquakes that rattled the island in August. No casualties were reported.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the earthquake at 9 a.m. local time, with the epicenter located some 23 kilometers to the northwest of Mataram at a depth of 10 km. “It did not trigger a tsunami,” said BMKG Mataram’s geophysics station head Agus Riyanto.

He said the tremor could be felt in Mataram and Denpasar in the neighboring province of Bali.

“In Labuapi, the tremor was relatively strong. Residents panicked and immediately fled their houses,” Ahmad Purnawarman, a resident of Labuapi, West Lombok, said.

A similar scene unfolded in Mataram as most residents rushe...