Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island

Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island

Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 560 kilometres (348 miles) and was located 280 kilometres (174 miles) northeast of Fiji's Ndoi Island.

A woman carries her child as they make their way pass collapsed homes in the village of Sugar on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 20, 2018 after a series of earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout August 19.

He said so far there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities but information is still being collected.

"The [first] quake caused people to panic and flee their houses", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's national disaster agency, told Metro TV.

"People have been arriving and leaving Lombok as usual since last night - there's been no sudden rush of people trying to get out", said I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, general manager of Lombok Praya International Airport. "Everything was shaking", Agus Salim told AFP.

Patients in a hospital on the island of Sumbawa, 10 kilometers to the east of Lombok were evacuated for fear the building would collapse.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said power was cut across the island, hampering efforts to assess the situation. "Everyone ran into the street screaming and crying".

The natural disaster was later downgraded to 6.9-magnitude and was reported to have struck at a depth of 20.3km, an update on the USGS website said. "People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage", USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley told Reuters.

The impact triggered a landslide, causing dust and rubble to tumble down Mount Rinjani, the epicenter of the quake and pictured in the video.

The swarm of quakes caused panic in Sembalun subdistrict on Lombok in the shadow of Mount Rinjani, but many people were already staying in tents following the deadly jolt in early August and its hundreds of aftershocks.

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