Mataram — A fresh tremor of 6.3 magnitude struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday, after an earthquake killed more than 430 people there earlier in August.
USGS estimated the depth of the latest tremor at 7.9km and said the epicentre was on the northeastern shoulder of the island at the foot of Mount Rinjani. There was no tsunami warning, and authorities later said there had been only minor injuries and limited damage.
Lombok, just east of Bali, the southeast Asian country’s most famous tourist destination, has been rocked by a series of quakes and aftershocks since July 29.
THERE WAS NO TSUNAMI WARNING AND AUTHORITIES SAID THERE HAD BEEN ONLY MINOR INJURIES AND LIMITED DAMAGE.
Disaster mitigation agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said via Twitter that so far only one person had been lightly injured, two people had fainted and several houses had been damaged.
"It was very strong. All the lights went out," he said.
Nugroho said activity on the island was normal and Mount Rinjani, where hundreds of trekkers were stranded after the July 29 quake, was closed and there were no tourists there.
Lombok suffered damage running to more than 5 trillion rupiah (R5bn) from the August 5 earthquake, authorities said last week, putting the death toll at more than 430.
More than 350,000 people fled their homes to shelter in government-provided tents or makeshift structures in open fields. Authorities said aid was slow getting to some of the hardest-hit areas as they were remote.