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22 Jan 2019 | 03:29 AM UTC

Indonesia: Magnitude 6 earthquake reported south of Sumbawa Jan. 22

Indonesia News Alert

Magnitude 6 earthquake reported south of Sumbawa island January 22; no major damages or casualties reported, no tsunami warning

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/22/2019, 7:00 AM until 1/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Sumbawa


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.0-magnitude earthquake to the south of Sumbawa island (West Nusa Tenggara province) shortly before 07:00 (local time) on Tuesday, January 22. According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 16.8 km (10.4 mi). No damages or casualties have been reported, and no tsunami warning was issued. Aftershocks are possible in the coming hours and days.


Indonesia lies within the active seismic zone known as "the Pacific Ring of Fire" and earthquakes are relatively common.


In the event of further earthquakes and aftershocks, individuals should protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls (ideally in a corner), and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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