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Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia killing at least 98

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By Pascale Davies  with Reuters
Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia killing at least 98
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At least 91 people have been killed after a powerful magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Indonesia's tourist islands of Bali and Lombok.

The quake, which struck at a depth of 15km off the north coast of Lombok, comes a week after a magnitude 6.4 tremor killed 14 people on the island.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency placed Sunday’s death toll at 91, almost tripling its earlier figure of 32.

The full extent of the damage is still unclear, but local media cited the head of the local disaster mitigation agency as saying that power cuts were affecting most of Lombok island.

The quake was also felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of their houses.


The country’s disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea. However, an initial warning of a tsunami was later withdrawn.

Indonesia is an archipelago of thousands of islands, which sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

The region is often hit by quakes, but many are harmless. However, it is alert to tremors that could trigger tsunamis.

The worst on record was in 2004 after a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami in western Indonesia, which killed 222,000 people in the area.