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82 dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits popular Indonesian tourist island

82 dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits popular Indonesian tourist island

82 dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits popular Indonesian tourist island Sarah Kimmorley, Business Insider Australia Aug. 6, 2018, 2:11 AM 0 facebook linkedin twitter email print AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati A magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Lombok, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf. At least 82 people are dead, and hundreds of…


82 dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits popular Indonesian tourist island

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  • A magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Lombok, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.
  • At least 82 people are dead, and hundreds of others are injured.
  • The quake was felt 150 kilometers (93 miles) away in Denpasar.
  • The epicenter is near where a previous earthquake hit last week and killed 16 people.

 


A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, killing 82 people.

The earthquake struck at 6.46pm local time on Sunday and damaged buildings 150 kilometers (93 miles) away in Denpasar, Bali.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho announced on Monday morning the death toll had risen after officials has earlier said at least 39 people had died.

As many as 65 people have died in the North Lombok district, nine in West Lombok district, four in the provincial capital Mataram and two each in Central Lombok and East Lombok districts.

Hundreds of other people are injured. There is also widespread damage to residential and other buildings.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning following the quake, but later lifted the warning at 8.30pm local time.

The epicenter was on land 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of East Lombok, near where the previous quake struck a week ago. That earthquake killed 16 people.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting, told Fairfax Media the quake “was powerful enough to put us on the floor”.

“We were up on the 12th floor, the lights went out and we were able to evacuate,” Dutton said. “I think we were pretty lucky in the end.”

Videos of moment the earthquake hit have been posted on Twitter:

Lombok, which is located east of Bali and makes up part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, is a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.

The island nation is also situated in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Because of this, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and has some of the most active volcanoes in the area.

Read the original article on Business Insider Australia. Copyright 2018.

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