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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:00

Two massive earthquakes struck Indonesia in five minutes

Two massive earthquakes struck Indonesia Two massive earthquakes struck Indonesia.

A 6.2 followed by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake within 5 minutes hit Indonesia in of the coast of West Timor.

The temblor was also reported in Bali and Australia with its epicenter located at a depth of 6.2 miles and approximately 62 miles southeast of Kupang, in the East Nusa Tenggara province. Citizens described that the first earthquake provoked a powerful shock which lasted for a few seconds. At 8:15 local time, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an alert.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, the situation is under control. "Local disaster mitigation agency officials are still monitoring the impact of the earthquake. There are no victims or damage," he explains. A journalist for the AFP news agency in Kupang reported: "I was on the second floor of my office and suddenly everybody ran outside because of the earthquake. All the chairs were shaking. We were traumatized by all the earthquakes in Lombok."  She was refferring to the tragic 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok that resulted in numerous fatalities on August 5th 2018.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, that is stretching from Japan and Indonesia all the way to California across the Pacific Ocean. Thus, the area is vulnerable to high intense quakes. The country has been struck by a series of catastrophic shocks recently. About 390.000 people have evacuated their residences while more than 500 were reported dead. Authorities are now trying to restore the damage caused when the economic loss is about $340 million.


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