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Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Indonesia Lombok Island: USGS



(Reuters) – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Lombok, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination Sunday and was quickly followed by an aftershock, said the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake struck at 6:47 am Sunday (2247 GMT on Saturday), followed less than an hour later by a magnitude 5.4 aftershock in the same area, said the USGS.

The location of the epicenter was 30.7 miles (49.5 km) northeast of the island's capital, Mataram. The tremor was only 4.35 miles deep (7 km), a shallow depth that would have enhanced its effect.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake is considered strong and can cause severe damage.

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (19659005) EMSC, the European Quake Authority, estimated the magnitude at 6.5.

The earthquake was on land and caused no waves or tsunami

Lombok is the nearest island east of Bali.

(Report by Sandra Maler in Washington, edited by Richard Chang)


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