A powerful earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.
The 6.9-magnitude tremor, has triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening.
All the 98 people who died were the nationals of Indonesia and no tourist was killed in the attack.
Most of the victims in the latest disaster died in mountainous northern Lombok, away from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island. Thousands of people were evacuated to outside shelters.
The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake hit northern Lombok just 10 kilometres underground and was followed by two further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks.
Earth Quakes are not new to Indonesia, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
The rescue operations are still on going, to evacuate 1000 of tourist who are struck at the popular tourist island Lombok.
Wisatawan asing dsn domestik menunggu evakuasi dari Gili Trawangan, Gilingan Air dan Gili Meno Lombok Utara. Terbatasnya kapal menyebabkan evakuasi bertahap. Tim SAR akan menambah kapal. pic.twitter.com/EZKqwLnQjQ— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) August 6, 2018
An estimated of 20000 people were displaced by the earthquake, many believed to be foreign vacationers, crammed onto a beach on the island of Gili Trawangan as evacuation measures got underway.
Emergency personnel were racing to evacuate thousands of tourists from the three small Gili Islands as night began to fall. The islands, famous for their white sandy beaches and clear waters, are located near the epicenter of the quake on Lombok.
So far, up to 2,700 tourists have been moved from the Gili Islands, according to Nugroho. He added that Lombok’s airport was now open around the clock and had significantly increased its flight schedule.
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