91 Killed, More Than 100 Injured As 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island

| August 6 , 2018 , 12:21 IST

At least 91 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured when a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Lombok resort island of Indonesia on Sunday. Thousands fled from their homes as buildings collapsed.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency in a statement on Monday, the death toll is likely to rise further. Most of the fatalities occurred due to falling rubble in the northern and western parts of Lombok. While an initial tsunami warning was issued, it was later withdrawn.

“The night condition and some disconnected communication lines pose some challenges in the field. Death count is expected to increase still,” the disaster management agency said.

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The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake hit northern Lombok 10 kilometres underground and that it was followed by 2 secondary earthquakes and nearly 2 dozen aftershocks.

Nyoman Sidakarya, head of Mataram’s search and rescue agency added that the authorities would be evacuating around 700 tourists and local residents from the nearby Gili islands as well.

“We will evacuate people off of the three Gili islands. Some of them are hurt and are in shock,” Sidakarya said in the televised interview to TvOne.

Recently, on July 29 a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the very same Lombok island, resulting in the death of 10 people and injury to 40 others.

An archipelago of thousands of islands, Indonesia is located on the 'Pacific Ring of Fire', which is a seismic activity hotspot frequently hit by earthquakes although most of them are harmless.

In 2004, a 9.3 magnitude undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami, resulting in the death of 2.2 lakh people in countries around the Indian Ocean, with the death of 1,68,000 in Indonesia itself.