UBUD, Aug.5 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued a tsunami warning on Sunday evening after a magnitude 7 in Richter scale earthquake hit Northern part of Lombok Island and Bali Island.
“There’s a potential for 0.5 meter high tsunami. We urge people to stay away from the coastal area and river banks,” Dwikorita Karnawati, head of BMKG warned people via MetroTV.
She said more than 14 aftershocks have happened following the main earthquake.
The center of the quake was shallow, 15 km depth and 18 km Northwest Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara.
Main earthquake and its aftershocks were also felt strongly in Bali, causing panic among people who immediately went out of buildings and houses.
Tsunami of 13.5 cm occurred in Carik village and 10 cm in Bada village, Lombok. MetroTV showed panic residents in Mataram, Lombok rushing to higher grounds for safety.
According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the main earthquake shook Lombok very strongly. It is very likely that buildings and houses have been damaged.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Lombok, with East Lombok regency was mostly affected, on Sunday (29/7) killing 16 people.