355 aftershocks jolt Lombok since powerful earthquake on Aug 5

355 aftershocks jolt Lombok since powerful earthquake on Aug 5

A magnitude 7 earthquake destroyed hundreds of houses in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Aug 5, 2018.(Dok AMAN NTB)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A total of 355 aftershocks have jolted Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, since August 5, 2018, when a powerful earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale rocked the tourist resort.

"Until Thursday at 8 a.m. Central Indonesian Standard Time (WITA), 355 aftershocks have been recorded," Hary Tjatmiko, spokesman of the meteorology, geophysics, and climatology agency, noted in a statement, here, Thursday.

Of the 355 aftershocks, 17 were strongly felt by the local inhabitants.

Six aftershocks occurred from midnight until 8 a.m. local time on Thursday.

On Sunday (Aug 5), a powerful quake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale had devastated North Lombok, NTB, killing at least 131 people, injuring several hundreds of others, and destroying thousands of homes.

The number of dead victims was calculated from several different areas, such as 78 from North Lombok, 24 from West Lombok, and 19 from East Lombok.

Moreover, six victims were recorded from the city of Mataram, two in Central Lombok, and one in Denpasar.

Meanwhile, it was recorded that 1,477 people were severely injured, while 165,003 were relocated to evacuation camps.

The magnitude-7 earthquake also damaged 42,239 houses and 458 school buildings.

The BMKG had issued a tsunami early warning shortly after the quake and lifted it later at 9:25 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The epicenter of the quake was located at 8.37 degrees southern latitude and 116.48 degrees eastern longitude, some 18 kilometers (km) northwest of East Lombok District and at a depth of 15 km.

The magnitude-7 quake almost had the same epicenter as the magnitude-6.4 quake that had hit the province on July 29 this year. The quake that struck on July 29 had killed 17 people and damaged over one thousand homes, particularly in East Lombok District.

The tremor was also felt by those on Bali Island and part of East Java.

Reporting by Desi Purnamawati
 

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