Lombok quake latest: Thousands evacuated after dozens die

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, killing 91 people.

By Notimex Monday, August 6, 2018 comments

Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left more than 90 people dead.

The earthquake struck at 6:46 p.m. local time on Sunday and damaged buildings 150 kilometers (93 miles) away in Denpasar, Bali.

A spokesperson for BNPB, Indonesia’s disaster relief body, confirmed on Monday that the death toll had risen to 91 people and said that 209 people were severely injured.

As search and rescue teams continue to sweep the area, officials have said that this figure could continue to rise.

According to the Guardian, all of those confirmed dead in the earthquake are Indonesian. Widespread damage to residential and other buildings has been reported.

A spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, said that the northern area of Lombok had suffered massive damage.  There have been more than 130 aftershocks since the quake hit.

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

Electricity supply in the worst-affected areas has been cut off and telecommunication networks are not working.

Boats are currently evacuating more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands. A spokesperson for Indonesia’s disaster agency said the main focus now is the search and rescue operation and getting basic needs met for those affected.

The Indonesian air force sent three C-130 Hercules aircraft and two helicopters on Monday morning to Bali and Lombok, with troops, medical personnel, drugs and food on board. However the earthquake has brought down roads and bridges, making areas difficult to reach.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wrote on Twitter urging the community to remain calm and said “the brothers are not alone facing this ordeal”.

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.