Two more earthquakes rock Indonesia – this time in Sumba – just days after hundreds died in Sulawesi

Sumba lies some 1,600km to the south of Sulawesi island which was struck by a devastating quake and tsunami on Friday, killing more than 800 people

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2018, 8:26am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2018, 5:24pm

Two shallow earthquakes have occurred near the eastern Indonesian island of Sumba, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The temblors Tuesday occurred nearly 1,600 kilometres (990 miles) south of the area heavily damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami Friday on central Sulawesi island.

The US Geological Survey said the first quake was magnitude 5.9 and the second one about 15 minutes later was magnitude 6.0.

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State news agency Antara reported that one bridge was damaged in Wula Waijelu, but there were no other immediate reports of damage. About 750,000 people live on the island, located in eastern Indonesia in East Nusa Tenggara province near East Timor.

Indonesia is a vast archipelago stretching a similar distance to that between New York and London. It is located on the seismically active “Ring of Fire” and is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami.