Indonesia Death Toll from Devastating Earthquake 'Climbs To 142'

Indonesia Death Toll from Devastating Earthquake 'Climbs To 142'

Indonesia Death Toll from Devastating Earthquake 'Climbs To 142'

Ali from Italy is tweeting: "My sister called me from Lombok and she was absolutely terrified, she said she was up a tree after the quake and a tsunami is coming".

Hours later, she asked news organisations not to write more stories about her lively stream-of-consciousness tweets, suggesting media focus instead on those who need help.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

The 7.0-magnitude tremor hit the island of Lombok and outlying islands at about 6.45pm, with rescuers still battling to reach the worst affected areas. Visitors and locals in Bali and Lombok are in a state of panic after a 7.1 quake and following strong aftershocks hit the resort islands Sunday night.

Everyone on the Island of God and Lombok is scared.

Chaotic scenes unfolded as tremors shook the area on Sunday with many grabbing life jackets and sprinting for higher ground in the darkness amid fears of a tsunami, Daily Mail reported. These are tweets from Bali and Lombok, both major tourist destinations in Indonesia are coming from visitors in panic. However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a metre was later withdrawn.

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Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster on Sunday, killing at least one person and triggering panic among holidaymakers and residents.

The death toll had risen to 91 and will "definitely increase", he said, adding that two of the deaths were in Bali and the rest in Lombok.

An American visitor in Bali said: I'm truly humbled with this Lombok quake. Power went out for a while.

Lack of heavy equipment was hampering attempts to find victims beneath the rubble of a mosque that collapsed in northern Lombok while villagers prayed inside, Nugroho said.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighbouring holiday island of Bali.

A week ago, on July 29, Lombok Island was struck by a 6.4 magnitude quake, leaving 17 people dead, 365 of others injured and 8,871 people displaced as the jolts destroyed 14,940 houses, according to the disaster agency.

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