Indonesia: Lombok Island rocked by another powerful quake

Two weeks after a powerful earthquake had rattled the Lombok island of Indonesia leaving 460 dead, another strong tremor of 6.3 magnitude struck the island again, sending waves of panic among people who ran to streets for safety.

US Geological Survey said that the quake was centred west-southwest in the eastern part of Lombok in Belanting town and was at a shallow depth of 7 kilometres.

Locals state that the quake was very strong and was strongly felt in East Lombok. The quake was also felt on the capital town of Mataram and the resort island of Bali.

This the second major quake with a gap of two weeks, the last one being of 6.9 magnitude had completely flattened houses, businesses and even mosques. People are panic-struck as they had yet not recovered from the shock of the last one.

Indonesia lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire- where many tectonic plates lie and collide making it the most-prone zone for volcanoes and earthquakes.

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