Multiple Strong Quakes Hit Close to Timor in Indonesia

October 1, 2018 Updated: October 2, 2018

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 and increasingly strong aftershocks were recorded just south of the southern Indonesian island of Sumba, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Oct. 2

The first 5.0 tremor was felt at 7:12 a.m. local time from a depth of 10 km, according to the USGS website. This was followed by a stronger, deeper 5.4 magnitude aftershock from 22.3 km at 7:27 a.m and another 5.9 tremor at 7:59 a.m from a depth of 10.6 km.

The strongest aftershock, a 6.0 quake, hit at 8:16 a.m. local time at a depth of 10 km.

There were no immediate tsunami alerts or reports of casualties or damage.

Sumba Island is around 350 km (217 miles) west of the Timor Islands and 400 km (248 miles) from the popular tourist island of Bali.

These quakes come just four days after a devastating quake on Sulawesi island killed at least 844 people. Another 5.2 magnitude aftershock was also felt near Palu on Sulawesi Island at 7:46 a.m local time on Oct. 2. No tsunami warning has been given for this latest quake.


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