Hundreds of Homes Destroyed in Sumbawa Quake

Hundreds of Homes Destroyed in Sumbawa Quake

JAKARTA ~ A powerful 6.6-magnitude quake hit Sumbawa island east of Bali early on Thursday, destroying more than 500 homes and injuring at least five people, officials said.

The quake struck at 6:41am about 51 kilometers northwest of Sumbawa, 260 kilometers east-northeast of Denpasar, at a depth of 10 kilometers, the Geophysics and Meteorology office said.

Health Ministry official Rustam Pakaya said 508 homes had been destroyed and 827 damaged. He said five people had been lightly injured.

Local officials said many people had already gone to work when the quake struck, and those who were still at home quickly fled outside at the first tremor.

Pekat district chief Abdurahman said three villages were hard hit and that tents had been set up outside collapsed houses, providing shelter to thousands of residents.

The US Geological Survey said it had registered a 5.7-magnitude quake near Sumbawa, part of an island chain that forms West Nusa Tenggara province.

The archipelago sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet causing seismic and volcanic activity.

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