Tsunami Warning Lifted in Lombok, Airports Resume Operations

Mataram residents flee their homes after two earthquakes hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday (05/08). (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 9:32 PM August 05, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Disasters

Jakarta. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, or BMKG, has lifted the tsunami warning issued after a series of earthquakes that struck off the north coast of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday evening (05/08).

The quakes were also felt on the resort island of Bali.

Lombok International Airport and I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, resumed operations after a brief break, airport operator Angkasa Pura I said in a statement.

"Flight operations are back to normal. There is no damage to the air-side facilities such runway, taxiway and apron, only minor damages in terminals," Angkasa Pura I corporate communication manager Awaluddin said in the statement.

After the earthquakes measuring 6.8 and 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the north coast of Lombok, tsunami waves of less than half a meter were detected in at least two seaports on the island, prompting BMKG to issue the warning.

Amateur footage showed damaged buildings and people running out of their houses to the streets of Mataram. No casualties have been reported.

The earthquakes were felt within a radius of 450 kilometers, reaching even Malang in East Java and Waingapu in East Nusa Tenggara.

According to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Nugroho, aftershocks of smaller magnitudes can still be expected.

The earthquakes occurred in the same area as a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 29, which killed 17 people and injured dozens.

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