Around 100 people killed as powerful earthquake strikes Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali | GBRI

A view of destruction caused by the earthquake in Lombok

At least 98 have been killed and dozens injured as a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the island of Lombok in Indonesia and caused significant tremors in neighboring tourist hotspot Bali. The quake also triggered a brief tsunami warning and damaged buildings even in Denpasar, Bali. It was followed by aftershocks as strong as magnitude 5.4.

On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather for safety in open spaces, but a tsunami warning was lifted after waves just 15 centimetres high were recorded in three villages.

There are also reports of fatalities on the Gili Islands, situated off Lombok’s north-west coast.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said most of the deaths were in North Lombok district.

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