Twin quakes hit off Indonesian island of Sumba: USGS

Environment International

NEW DELHI: Two quakes struck in quick succession off the southern coast of Indonesia’s Sumba island on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey said. A shallow and moderately strong 5.9 quake struck at 2359 GMT, around 40 kilometres (25 miles} and was followed up some 15 minutes later by a stronger 6.0 magnitude quake in the same area at a depth of 30 kilometres.

There were no immediate tsunami alerts or reports of casualties or damage. We felt four shakes. People were panicking when the first quake happened and ran out of the hotel, about 40 of our guests,” Defis Rinaldi, a worker at the Padadita Beach Hotel told.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage. Sumba lies some 1,600 kilometres south of Sulawesi island which was struck by a devastating quake and tsunami on Friday as Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth.

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