Second major earthquake hits Indonesia

A second major earthquake has struck Indonesia, complicating measures to rescue those trapped by the damage caused in yesterday’s earthquake.

The new quake struck at 8:52am local time Thursday, registered 6.8 and had an epicenter approximately 220kms (136 miles) from yesterdays earthquake. According to the USGS, the new quake had a depth of only 24.9 km (15.5 miles) compared to yesterday’s quake depth of 80km, making the chances of it both being felt, and causing widespread damage likely.

There are no fresh reports from the area as yet of further damage, with authorities still struggling to deploy into areas affected by the earlier earthquake.

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