Scores killed in Indonesia island quake

| Updated Aug 06, 2018 at 6:37am

 

There are still victims underneath the floor of the mosque collapsed have not evacuated in the village of Lading-Lading north Lombok Regency Tanjung. There is no heavy equipment caused the evacuation of the constrained. The evacuation is carried out manually. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho‏ @Sutopo

 

At least 91 people are now known to have died after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Hundreds of people have been wounded by Sunday's quake, officials say, mostly in the north of the island.

The magnitude seven tremor was shallow, occurring only 10km (6.21 miles) underground. It damaged thousands of buildings and triggered power cuts.

On the neighboring island of Bali, video footage showed people running from their homes screaming.

There have been more than 130 aftershocks since the quake hit on Sunday morning.
A tsunami warning was issued but was lifted after a few hours.

It comes a week after another quake hit Lombok, popular with tourists who visit its beaches and hiking trails. That quake killed at least 16 people.

Lombok is a roughly 4,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island west of the slightly larger island of Bali.

The two islands are home to about three and four million people respectively, but each year are visited by millions of tourists from around the globe.

A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency told the AFP news agency that many buildings had been affected in Lombok's main city of Mataram. Most of them had been built with weak construction materials.

Mataram residents described a powerful jolt that sent people fleeing into the streets.




One disaster official has shared a video showing the scene on one beach, as people waited to leave.

He said there were a limited number of boats available so the evacuation was taking place gradually, but that more boats were on their way.

Airports on both Lombok and Bali are both operating normally despite some minor damage - at Bali's Denpasar airport some ceiling panels were shaken loose by the tremors.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.
More than half of the world's active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring.

SOURCE: BBC News



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