Indonesia - Earthquake, Lombok

6 Aug 2018

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) has issued a warning for a potential tsunami following an earlier magnitude-7.0 earthquake on Lombok Island at 1946 WITA Aug. 5. The epicenter was about 51.2 km (31.8 miles) northeast of Mataram on Lombok Island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has not issued a tsunami warning. 

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10.5 km (6.5 miles), and strong shaking was probably felt throughout West Nusa Tenggara Province, including Bali. Significant damage is likely in the affected area. Unconfirmed social media accounts indicate that minor damage has occurred in places in Bali. A magnitude 5.4 aftershock was reported at 2049 Aug. 5 approximately 25.3 km (15.7 miles) north of Mataram. Strong aftershocks are likely to continue. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments. 

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage and landslides. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake's epicenter. 

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