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Earthquakes strike West Nusa Tenggara, Aceh

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4, 2020   /   06:28 pm
Earthquakes strike West Nusa Tenggara, Aceh A resident looks at her damaged house in Sembali Bumbung village, Sembalun district, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara after a massive 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the area on July 29, 2018. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

A series of earthquakes have struck several areas in the country in the past week with the latest reported on Thursday morning, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.

The quakes were recorded in West Nusa Tenggara, Ambon, Maluku, North Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Aceh and parts of Papua and West Papua, according to the agency, while tremors could also be felt in several areas in Bali, Bengkulu, North Bengkulu and Southeast Sulawesi.

NTB recorded the strongest quake on Wednesday evening at 10:54 p.m. with a magnitude of 6.0. It was the third earthquake in a week in the area.

The BMKG reported that the epicenter was 132 kilometers northwest of Saringi Island, a small island north of Lombok Island. It hit at a depth of 664 kilometers. No tsunami warning was issued.

The quake was felt in Lombok and Mataram in NTB and in Kuta and Denpasar on the neighboring island of Bali.

The second-biggest earthquake in the past week was recorded in Melonguane, North Sulawesi at 8 p.m. on Saturday with a magnitude of 5.7. The BMKG did not report any casualties and did not issue a tsunami warning.

Indonesia’s westernmost province Aceh reported the third-strongest earthquake on Thursday morning at 5:31 a.m. The 4.8-magnitude quake damaged several buildings in Sabang. However, no casualties were reported.

"The epicenter of the earthquake was 5 kilometers southeast of Banda Aceh at a depth of 10 kilometers," the BMKG's head of earthquake and tsunami mitigation Daryono said in a statement on Thursday as reported by tempo.co.

He said Sabang residents could feel the quake at an intensity of III on the MMI scale.

"We recorded eight earthquakes until 6:40 a.m., which consisted of two foreshocks, a mainshock and five aftershocks," Daryono said. (nal)