West Nusa Tenggara again jolted by magnitude-5.5 earthquake

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province was again jolted by an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale on Tuesday at 1:21 a.m. western Indonesian standard time (WIB).

The quakes epicenter was located at 8.18 degrees southern latitude and 116.29 degrees eastern longitude, and at a depth of 10 kilometers (km), according to information on the website of the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), here, Tuesday.

The tremor did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.

Earlier, on Monday at 10:50 p.m. WIB, the province was also hit by 5.4-magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter located at 8.37 degrees southern latitude and 116.04 degrees eastern longitude and at a depth of 10 km.

On Sunday (Aug 5), a powerful quake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale devastated North Lombok, NTB, killing at least 98 people, and destroying hundreds of homes.

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 km northwest of East Lombok District, and at a depth of 15 km.

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

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed grief over the devastating loss of lives, injuries, and damage caused by the earthquake on Lombok island, the UN deputy spokesperson noted on Monday.

In a statement delivered through spokesperson Farhan Haq, Guterres extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Indonesia and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He also said the UN stands ready to support ongoing rescue and relief efforts if required, Xinhua reported.

On Monday, UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak had stated on Twitter that he is following the reports from Indonesia with great concern, and that the rising death toll following the earthquake in Lombok, Bali, and other islands is heartbreaking.

Source: ANTARA News