No tsunami threat after 7.9 magnitude natural disaster near Fiji


Lombok suffered damage running to more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from the August 5 quake, authorities said last week, putting the death toll at more than 430.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by another strong natural disaster, after weeks of tremors that have killed more than 476 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake, which was centered in the northeast of the tourist island, at magnitude 6.3 with a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles).

There were no reports of casualties and damage so far.

It comes two weeks after a 6.9-magnitude quake in the same area, in which more than 400 people have died.

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The island has been hit by a series of quakes recently, killing hundreds of people.

"I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying".

The economic toll of the quake - including its impact to buildings, infrastructure and productivity - has been estimated to be at least five trillion rupiah ($348 million).

It is in the earthquake-prone Pacific "Ring of Fire", known for tsunamis and volcanoes.

More than 350,000 people fled their homes after that quake to shelter in government-provided tents or makeshift structures in open fields.