Breaking News: Massive Earthquake Hits Indonesia

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Jakarta: A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the island of Lombok in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and its epicenter was 1.4 kilometers (0.8 miles) southwest of Lelongken, Indonesia. It had a depth of 7 kilometers (4.4 miles).

Authorities issued a yellow alert, which suggested that some casualties are a possiblity.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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