7.0 Magnitude Eartquake Hits Indonnesia, At Least 91 Killed

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Just over a week after Lombok was struck by a 6.4 earthquake on July 29, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Indonesia’s island again on Sunday.
  • The powerful earthquake left at least 91 people dead and hundreds injured.
  • Officials confirmed that the recent earthquake, with a depth of 15 kilometers, prompted a tsunami warning.



The US Geological Survey reported that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Sunday night, prompting a tsunami warning. The epicenter was located 27 kilometers northeast of the island’s North Lombok district but was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali.

At least 91 people were killed on Sunday’s earthquake, mostly from northern and western parts of the island.  Thousands of tourists and residents fled from their homes and hotels to gather in open spaces, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported.

Last week, the resort island was hit by 6.4-magnitude earthquake, killing 16 people and leaving 162 injured. Hundreds of hikers were also reported stranded on Mount Rinjani, a volcano on the island.

Minister K. Shanmugam of Singapore Law and Home Affairs who was in the Lombok town of Mataram during the tremor shared his frightening experience while on his 10th-floor hotel room.

“It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams,” Shanmugam wrote. “Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors.”

According to local media, most of the island suffered power cuts. Officials also reported panic at the international airports in Lombok and Bali. Flights were not disrupted as only minor damage to buildings was reported.

The tremor was also felt in Bali, where tourists and residents ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

“All the hotel guests were running, so I did too,” said Australian tourist Michelle Lindsay. “People filled the streets. A lot of officials were urging people not to panic.”

Chrissy Teigen, who was in Bali for a vacation with husband John Legend and their two kids, live-tweeted their scary experience.

 “Oh my god,” Teigen wrote. “Bali. Trembling. So long.”

She then added, “[I’m] either still trembling or these little quakes won’t stop. IM TRYING TO BE NORMAL HERE.”

Indonesia’s disaster management agency warned people to stay away from the sea. Although there was an initial warning of a tsunami, it was later withdrawn.

Source: AOL

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