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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 - 16:07
Indonesia hit by two huge earthquakes in five minutes
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Indonesia has been rocked by a huge 6.4 magnitude earthquake of the coast of West Timor.

The quake struck at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km) about 100km (62 miles) southeast of Kupang, in the East Nusa Tenggara province.

Experts at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued the earthquake alert at about 8.15am BST (2:15 pm local time).

Just five minutes later, another 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the same area.

It was followed by a shallow 5.6 magnitude quake nearby.

Witnesses described a powerful jolt from the first tremor which lasted a few seconds.

"I was on the second floor of my office and suddenly everybody ran outside because of the earthquake," said an AFP reporter in Kupang. "All the chairs were shaking ... we were traumatised by all the earthquakes in Lombok."

Indonesia's disaster agency said things had quickly returned to normal.

"Local disaster mitigation agency officials are still monitoring the impact of the earthquake," agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement. "There are no victims or damage."

Tremors were left in various Indonesian islands and on the coast of northern Australia, according to local media reports.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, officials said, and no tsunami alert has been issued.
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