Tuesday 2 October 2018
The recent earthquake in Sulawesi caused huge amounts of damage to the town of Palu. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP

This is a developing story.

Indonesia is getting no respite from the slew of natural disasters that have besieged its coasts.

Reports have been made that the island of Sumba, which lies 1,600km to the south of Sulawesi has been hit with not just one, but two earthquakes.

They struck 40km from Sumba’s southern coast, with the first being 5.9 magnitude earthquake which was followed closely by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake.

Defis Rinaldi, a worker at the Paddita Beach Hotel told AFP that “We felt four shakes. People were panicking when the first quake happened and ran out of the hotel. It was only a few seconds and the geophysics agency didn’t issue a warning, everything is back to normal now.”

Questions of casualties and damage immediately spring to mind, but thankfully, there have been no reported tsunami alerts or reports of any casualties.

This is not the first time Sumba has been hit with an earthquake – a 1977 earthquake which measured 8.3 on the Richter scale was felt as far as Albany and Perth in Australia.

Source: South China Morning Post, Canberra Times, Channel News Asia

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