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Indonesia has been hit by a powerful 5.7 magnitude earthquake. The quake struck in the Bali Sea, and although hundreds of kilometres away from the epicentre of the earthquake, the shock was felt as far as the popular tourist island of Bali. Witnesses noted they could feel the earthquake rock some parts of Indonesia for around “30 seconds”.
The 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 166km (103 miles) north of Labuan Lombok, Indonesia, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Around 200km from the epicentre of the earthquake, one witness added the shaking lasted “30 seconds” in Sekongkang Bawah, in the West Nusa Tenggara province.
The USGS said the earthquake hit 167.2 km (103.9 miles) from Labuan Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
They added it was also felt in Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara, 174.2km (108.2 miles) from the epicentre of the quake – which has a population of over 50,000 people.
Indonesia is situated on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’, located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
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The horseshoe-shaped area – which covers an area of 24,000 miles (40,000km) – is made up of a string of volcanoes and seismic activity.
It killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.
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