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05 Aug 2018 | 01:14 PM UTC

Indonesia: Magnitude-7 earthquake strikes Lombok August 5

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Magnitude-7 earthquake strikes Lombok island August 5; details still emerging, local authorities warn of tsunami risk

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/5/2018, 7:46 PM until 8/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Lombok

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Event

A magnitude-7 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Lombok at 19:46 (local time) on Sunday, August 5, prompting local authorities to issue a tsunami warning. People currently near the ocean have been urged to move to higher ground. Details are still emerging and it is unclear whether any casualties or significant material damages occurred as a result of the quake. Aftershocks are possible in the area in the coming hours and days.

Context

Indonesia lies within the active seismic zone known as "the Pacific Ring of Fire." On July 29, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Lelongken, resulting in at least 14 deaths.

Advice

Individuals present in the impacted region are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities. Those located near the ocean are advised to move to higher ground until authorities declare the tsunami threat to be over.  

During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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