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Indonesian Earthquake Destroys Homes of 20,000 People and Kills at Least 91

Indonesian Earthquake Destroys Homes of 20,000 People and Kills at Least 91

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Shellshocked Indonesians on the resort island of Lombok began returning to their destroyed homes on Monday after a powerful earthquake killed at least 91 people and injured more than 200 others, officials said.Many residents found their houses reduced to rubble after the magnitude 7.0 temblor on Sunday along the island’s northern coast,…


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Shellshocked Indonesians on the resort island of Lombok began returning to their destroyed homes on Monday after a powerful earthquake killed at least 91 people and injured more than 200 others, officials said.

Many residents found their houses reduced to rubble after the magnitude 7.0 temblor on Sunday along the island’s northern coast, forcing them to erect makeshift tents in their own yards, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Board.

killing 17 people and injuring more than 160.

The earthquake on Sunday was also felt in Bali, causing damage to structures, and on Sumbawa Island, to the east of Lombok. The temblor was also felt in Mataram, the capital of Lombok, with two shopping malls and a cathedral suffering damage.

Television footage on Sunday night showed panicked residents and tourists fleeing to safety on both Lombok and Bali, after a warning that the quake and major aftershocks could cause a devastating tsunami. That warning was later canceled.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ocean’s so-called Ring of Fire, which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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