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Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Triggers Indonesian Landslide

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake triggered landslides on an Indonesian island Sunday as the island tries to recover from another earthquake that killed 460 people earlier in August.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake was 4 miles deep and hit Lombok island. A 5.4 earthquake hit the island a few minutes earlier, according to The Associated Press.

Homes and mosques suffered damages while a community hall that survived previous earthquakes collapsed, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, the AP reported.

The landslide occurred off of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano, where hundreds of people were stranded after an earthquake hit the region on July 29. The mountain was blocked off to visitors since the July earthquake killed 16 people, according to the AP.

The island was hit by a magnitude 7 earthquake on Aug. 5 that left hundreds injured and thousands homeless. (RELATED: Death Toll Rises To 347 After Indonesia’s Magnitude 7 Earthquake)

Several temblors, including a magnitude 8.2 earthquake, struck Fiji on Sunday as well.

There were no tsunami threats to Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, CNN reported.

Deaths and injuries have not been reported. Officials are gathering information at the current time.

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