Friday, February 22, 2019

At least 82 dead after earthquake hits Indonesia

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Sky News:–  At least 82 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake hit the popular tourist island of Lombok, near Bali in Indonesia.

Dozens more have been injured, while thousands of people were evacuated from buildings to outdoor shelters.

According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck early on Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5km (6 miles).

Patients had to be evacuated and treated outside a hospital in Lombok’s main city Mataram after electricity was knocked out across the island.

The earthquake was felt in parts of neighbouring island Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

It comes a week after another tremor killed 16 people and injured dozens more on Lombok.

Following Sunday’s earthquake, a tsunami warning was issued but later lifted.

Singer Gary Barlow, who is on holiday in Bali, was among those who felt the quake.

He tweeted: “Thank you for your concern – we’re all fine – a bit shaken up.”

Lombok and Bali are famed for their pristine beaches and mountains, with local planning restrictions in both locations prohibiting construction above the height of coconut trees.
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