Date
18 August 2018
Patients are seen outside a government hospital near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island. Photo: Reuters
Patients are seen outside a government hospital near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island. Photo: Reuters

At least 82 dead after powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok

At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, Reuters reports.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali.

On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the report said.

The area continued to be rattled by aftershocks from the quake, which occurred days after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on July 29, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency placed Sunday’s death toll at 82, more than doubling its earlier figure of 32. Many of the dead were from northern and western parts of Lombok.

Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble, the agency said, adding that hundreds other were injured and thousands of houses were damaged.

“The night condition and some disconnected communication line pose some challenges in the field. Death count is expected to increase still,” the agency said in a statement early on Monday.

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km. Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

Travelers at the international airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

Witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.

The quake promoted a tsunami warning which was later withdrawn.

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