Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake Strikes Near Big Bear: USGS

Source US Geographical Survey

Source US Geographical Survey

It initially registered as a 7.9-magnitude quake, but since the original alert, the USGS has upgraded the magnitude of the natural disaster to an 8.2.

There was no immediate tsunami alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

The Associated Press is reporting that as of 9:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, no damage has been reported.

Lombok has suffered a series of earthquakes since late July, with more than 430 people killed in a magnitude-6.9 quake that struck August 5.

Shocking footage from the Indonesian Red Cross shows the chaotic aftermath after a huge 6.9-magnitude quake that struck Lombok island on Sunday. Kompas TV said there were power blackouts in the north, center and west of the island.

Disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there were no reports so far of casualties or damage.

Dubbed "The Island of a Thousand Mosques", Muslim-majority Lombok is a less popular destination than its neighbour Bali, the Hindu-majority island that is the backbone of Indonesia's US$19.4 billion tourist sector.

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

"It lasted a few seconds but we all felt it here".

The powerful tremors on 5 August damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The evening quake was followed by strong aftershocks. They're all gathering in an open field, still...

The area of the quake lies in the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire, a region around the Pacific Ocean where several tectonic plates meet, causing earthquakes.

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