Earthquake strikes Indonesia 98 dead
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News August 6, 2018 Updated: 5:12 PM PT
MATARAM, INDONESIA – The Island of Lombok, Indonesia, was hit with an earthquake on Sunday, killing 98 people and injuring hundreds. The island is a popular tourist area for Australians and others in the region. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers continue to discover bodies on the islands of Bali and Gili. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at a magnitude of 7.0 and caused more damage than the, 6.4 earthquake that hit the island a week ago on July 29 this year.
The West Nusa Tenggara’s disaster mitigation agency reported, “65 people died in North Lombok, nine in West Lombok, two in Central Lombok, four in Mataram, and two in East Lombok. Most of the victims died because they were hit by collapsing buildings.”
Neighboring island Bali suffered damage to houses and commercial buildings during the quake, as residents on Lombok and Bali went into panic mode. Australian tourist Michelle Lindsay, told Reuters, "Officials were urging people not to panic."
As reported by Australia’s news.com, “National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, “The quake was felt strongly across Lombok and Bali and had damaged houses on both islands.” Lombok disaster official Iwan Asmara said, “frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.”
Both airports in Lombok are operational and open for business despite, the temporary loss of power earlier. Bali’s international airport suffered some damage, but the runways remained intact. As Australian tourist begun to evacuate the island, Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull said, “We are available to help, if needed.”