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Lombok hit by another powerful earthquake

The second powerful earthquake in a week has proven far more deadly than the first, with 130 aftershocks.

Almost 100 people are known to have been killed after a major earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday evening, just a week after a 6.4 quake claimed more than a dozen lives.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake especially ravaged the northern part of the popular tourist island, and more than 130 aftershocks have been experienced since then, the Jakarta Post reports.

Figures at the time of writing are at least 91 people are confirmed dead, 209 injured. Worst hit was the North Lombok regency, where at least 72 people were killed and 64 injured, most as a result of falling building debris.

Situated just to the east of Bali, Lombok attracts beach holidaymakers as well as hikers. More than 500 hikers were temporarily trapped on volcanic Mount Rinjani following last Sunday’s earthquake due to landslides.

Island evacuation
About a thousand tourists and locals are being evacuated from the Gili Islands off the north-western coast of Lombok, which are popular with divers. But no casualties were reported on the three Gilis.

Tremors from the disaster could be felt in Bali, where it caused further damage and resulted in one death. The airports in Bali and Lombok are, however, operating normally.

Both Lombok International Airport and Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport are back to normal after brief closures. The earthquake caused minor damage to terminal facilities, but airside facilities such as runways, taxiways and aprons remain intact.

A small seawater rise a half a metre was registered, which emergency services warned could amplify, but the tsunami warning has since been lifted.

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