JAKARTA, Aug. 19 (JDN.id) – A series of powerful earthquakes measuring magnitude 6.1 to 7 hit Indonesia’s Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, the country’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said, adding that no potential tsunami was issued.
At least three earthquakes with 7 magnitude struck the island on Sunday, one of which was in late evening causing panic among people including in the neighbouring island of Bali.
No casualties are reported yet.
Spokesman for disaster mitigation agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said electricity blackout occurred after magnitude-7 quake hit the island on late Sunday evening.
“East Lombok, North Lombok and West Sumbawa regencies felt the very strong quake,” Nugroho twitted.
Gempa susulan terus berlangsung di Lombok. Listrik PLN padam di seluruh Lombok. Kondisi gelap gulita. Lombok Timur, Lombok Utara dan Sumbawa Barat merasakan guncangan keras dengan intensitas gempa dirasakan VI MMI (strong). Kita masih koordinasi dengan petugas disana. pic.twitter.com/2hU598Yiob
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) August 19, 2018
The powerful earthquake created panic among tourists, who rushed out to safe places in Bali, according to Nugroho.
Magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurred at midday on Sunday has triggered landslides in the area of Mount Rinjani volcano and damaged houses.
Since August 5, the island has been experiencing more than 700 aftershocks, following a magnitude-7 earthquake on that day leaving at least 460 death toll and an estimated of 7.5 trillion rupiah ($513.3 billion) of economic loses, according to disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) last week.
BNPB is drafting rehabilitation and reconstruction plan that potentially needs 7 to 10 trillion rupiah, Nugroho said last week. The plan will include works on housing, infrastructure and creative economy.