6.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Sumba Island

SUMBA, PINUS PRESS – On 22 January 2019 1:59p.m., the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off East Nusa Tenggara’s West Sumba of Indonesia, just days after a series of tremors caused by a disastrous tsunami last December which killed at least 844 people. The earthquake’s epicentre is located at sea, 120 kilometers southwest of Waikabubak in West Sumba regency, East Nusa Tenggara, at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was felt very strongly in Tambolaka, Waingapu, Sumbawa and Bima. There were no tsunami warnings and no immediate reports of damage or casualities issued.

The BMKG’s Earthquake and Tsunami Center head, Rahmat Triyono stated in a press statement on Tuesday, “The earthquake was caused by a thrust fault. There is no potential for a tsunami. As of yet, we haven’t received any reports of damages caused by the earthquake.”

The BMKG recorded at least three smaller earthquakes that have jolted West Sumba a few hours before. The first was a 6-magnitude earthquake that happened at 6:59 a.m. on Tuesday morning, followed by two aftershocks of a 5.2 magnitude and 3.2 magnitude about an hour later.

Writer: Sherine Angelina