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Major earthquake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island



A powerful earthquake has rocked the popular Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least 39 people, injuring dozens more and damaged buildings, officials said, according to CBS News.

The seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometers underground, according to the US Geological Survey.

It was followed by two light to moderate secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks.

It was the second quake to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world, in a week.


Rescue officials said much of the damage had hit Lombok’s main city of Mataram. Agung Pramuja, a senior official with the Mataram search and rescue agency, told AFP the death toll had climbed to 39.

Among the dead are a one-year-old and a 72-year-old, he said, adding that at least 52 people were injured.

Residents of the city described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling to get out of buildings.

“Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking,” Iman, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP.



Last Modified: Sunday، 05 August 2018 11:40 PM