LATEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA


Quake Damages houses in Sumbawa Island
August 11, 2008, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Earthquake

Quake damages houses on Indonesia’s Sumbawa island 07 Aug 2008
04:23:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
A shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumbawa island on Thursday,
damaging several hundred houses, but there was no tsunami warning or
immediate reports of casualties, officials said. The U.S. Geological
Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 5.7, while Indonesia’s
meteorology and geophysics agency said it was 6.6 on the Richter
scale.

The epicentre of the quake was 51 km (31.69 miles) northeast of
Sumbawa island at a depth of 10 km, according to an official at the
Indonesian agency.

There were at two aftershocks reported in the area later on Thursday.

Slamet Wijoyo, an official at the Indonesian meteorology agency,
said 200 houses were severely damaged in a village in the Pekat area
on Sumbawa about 40 km from the epicentre.

Another official at Indonesia’s disaster management centre said 75
houses were damaged in the Sanggar area in Dompu regency.

No casualties were reported. Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes
lying in an area of intense seismic activity where several tectonic
plates collide.


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