Friday, 21 September 2018

Massive quakes strike Fiji, Tonga and Lombok

AFP

JAKARTA: Earthquakes struck near two popular vacation destinations on Sunday, one rattling the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga, and another striking Indonesia’s Lombok.

The quake – roughly 200 miles off both Fiji and Tonga – measured a massive 8.2-magnitude; but was hundreds of miles deep. The Lombok quake was 6.3-magnitude and struck at a depth of 7.9 km( 3.7 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

The Lombok quake was centered 6 km northeast of Sembalunlawaang, according to USGS. It would have been felt to a moderate level throughout the island and lightly in the neighboring tourist island of Bali, the USGS said.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) put the quake at a 6.5-magnitude. Lombok has suffered a series of earthquakes since late July, with more than 430 people killed in a magnitude-6.9 quake that struck August 5.

The Pacific Ocean earthquake struck just after midday Sunday local time and was almost 560 kilometers (348 miles) deep, the USGS said. It was followed by a 6.3-magnitude quake at a similar depth nearby.

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