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Indonesia quake toll climbs to 98

Indonesia quake toll climbs to 98
Injured quake victim were taken to a makeshift care center set up outside the Moh. Ruslan hospital in Mataram on the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Mataram, Aug 6 (AP): | Publish Date: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said today that rescuers still hadn’t reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok. A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in yesterday evening’s magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that damage was “massive” in northern Lombok. 
In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
The ruins of a mosque that collapsed in Lading-Lading village while people prayed inside was being pulled apart by a backhoe in search of victims.
Some areas still hadn’t been reached as of mid-afternoon, with rescuers battling collapsed bridges, electricity and communication blackouts and damaged roads blocked with debris.
Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 98, after warning earlier that it would “definitely increase”.
More than 230 people were seriously injured. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and 20,000 people were in temporary shelters.
The quake, measured at magnitude 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and 6.9 by the US Geological Survey, struck at a shallow depth of 10.5 kilometres (6 miles) in the northern part of Lombok. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.
Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighbourhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed. 
On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to evacuation centres. Many victims were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.
“People panicked and scattered on the streets, and buildings and houses that had been damaged by the previous earthquake had become more damaged and collapsed,” Nugroho said.
The quake triggered a tsunami warning, and frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province. 
The warning was lifted later Sunday after only small waves were recorded.
On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and local residents spent the night on a hill fearing a tsunami, said British visitor Saffron Amis. Thousands of people are now trying to get off the island, she said, describing the mood as both sombre and panicked.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. 

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