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Earthquake Strikes Near Lombok

Earthquake Causing Severe Property Damage in North Lombok Also Felt in Parts of Bali

(6/23/2013) An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale shook Bali and it’s neighboring island of Lombok at 12:42 pm local time on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Information from the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said the epicenter of the earthquake was 14 kilometers northwest of Lombok at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The quake was felt as far away as Bali where mild shaking was noticed in North Bali and Jembrana, and a loud bang reported by some people near Nusa Dua.

The Bali Post reports that 1,700 homes in Lombok suffered severe property damage due to the earthquake where 24 people were injured.

The injuries and property damage reports emanate from three districts of Lombok: Gangga, Tanjung and Pemenang.

Of the 24 injured, three were said to have suffered injuries that required hospitalization.

Also damaged in the quake were 15 mosques, 10 Hindu temples and 2 Buddhist monasteries.

Six villages affected by the earthquake reports a large number of homes are now level with the ground, causing residents to share accommodation with neighbor or set up make-shift housing.

No property damage or injuries have been reported on the Island of Bali.