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At Least 131 People Confirmed Killed in Powerful Indonesia Quake

10 August 2018

At least 142 people have died and hundreds more injured after the powerful 7.0-magnitude quake struck Lombok.

"We estimate the death toll of 131 will keep rising", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. In several districts, more than half of homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

Muhamad Juanda, who narrowly escaped the mosque collapse, said 100 people were praying inside when the earth began to roll. More than 230 people were seriously injured.

Irish expat Patricia Mulraney, 25, and her friend, Leona Reynolds, were on a speed boat enroute the Gili Trawangan Island, when the 6.9-magnitude hit Bali, Lombok and neighbouring islands, causing giant waves to almost capsize their boat. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones. My partner and I were out of bed and under the table in a flash and we then immediately evacuated the house.

"There's a massive rush of people wanting to get out of Lombok because of unfounded rumours, such as of a tsunami", said Muhammad Faozal, the head of the tourism agency in West Nusa Tenggara province.

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The quake claimed also injured more than 236 others and destroyed thousands of homes.

The main tourist areas of Lombok in the south and west of the island appear to have been spared the worst of the damage. A tsunami warning was issued but has since been lifted.

"We extend our sympathy in this moment of pains to the people and the government of Indonesia, we wish you strength and fortitude at this hour of pains", he said. "Many of us screamed hysterically". They used crowbars and dogs and a power drill. We're all relying on the government to help.

"There was a lot of screaming and crying, particularly from the locals", said Amis, from Brighton. "We know how hard his family is suffering".

She spent close to a day on a beach waiting to be picked up and said some boats were charging people to get on them.

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Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said on Twitter it had rescued more than 3,000 people from the Gilis by Monday evening and many more were yet to be evacuated.

Images showing hundreds of tourists queueing on the beach to leave the island Gili Trawangan on Monday morning illustrated the challenge faced by Indonesian authorities in relation to foreign visitors as it worked to respond to the devastating quake.

Local authorities, global NGOs and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which was hardest hit.

Indonesia's location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin, makes it prone to earthquakes. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

"Unfortunately another natural disaster struck Lombok the following day". "We should appreciate that where we live is safe and sound on the East Coast", said Bosch-Schmits.

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At Least 131 People Confirmed Killed in Powerful Indonesia Quake