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Lombok island rocked by 6.3-magnitude earthquake

(Source: www.channelnewsasia.com)

JAKARTA: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday (Aug 19), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremor, at a depth of 7.9km, came two weeks after a 6.9-magnitude quake in the same area, in which more than 400 people have died.

Since then, hundreds of aftershocks have followed. 

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since the Aug 5 quake, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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