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Additional quakes rock Indonesia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/20/18, 11:57 am

Multiple earthquakes on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa killed at least 13 people over the weekend as the region continued to recover from quakes earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. At about 10 p.m. on Sunday, a shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, followed by strong aftershocks. The shaking triggered landslides and sent people running for shelter. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on Monday said at least 11 people died in Lombok and Sumbawa. Two other people died earlier Sunday from another 6.3 magnitude quake.

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Another strong quake rocks Indonesia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/09/18, 11:10 am

A third major earthquake in a little more than a week struck the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Thursday’s 5.9 magnitude aftershock comes as the country continues to struggle to recover from a 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday that’s been blamed for at least 319 deaths. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the island on July 29. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman with Indonesia’s national disaster agency, said Thursday’s aftershock caused more trauma. Families have begun burying some of the dead as aid workers offer assistance to those affected.

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Death toll rises from Indonesian earthquake

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/18, 10:35 am

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the death toll from Sunday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake has risen to 131 people as responders struggle to reach some of the trapped victims and assist the rescued. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the number of dead would likely continue to increase as authorities work to confirm reports of other deaths.

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