82 killed as powerful quake jolts Indonesia

Indonesia Struck by 2nd Massive Earthquake in a Week

The shallow seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometers underground, according to the US Geological Survey, followed by further secondary quakes and almost two dozen aftershocks.

Lombok was hit a week earlier, on July 29, by a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

The powerful quake sent thousands of Lombok residents and tourists scrambling outdoors, where many spent the night because strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude continued to rattle the island.

"There were thousands of people on that hill, waiting for more information".

"There was a lot of screaming and crying, particularly from the locals", said Ms Amis, from Brighton.

The magnitude 7.0 quake early Sunday evening struck in the northern part of Lombok and was also felt on Bali, where the airport terminal had ceiling tiles shaken loose.

"The main focus at this time is the search, rescue and assistance to people affected by the natural disaster and fulfillment of basic needs". At least 82 people were killed and hundreds were wounded, with thousands of buildings damaged. There's no water, no food, the shops have been ransacked.

Sutopo said the figure would rise still further.

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.

"You're safe, mister", said one of the soldiers as emotion overcame the man, clad in Islamic robes, and villager s crowded around him.

In a message on social network Twitter, the Indonesian Red Cross said it helped a woman give birth after the quake at a health post. Many got out but dozens were trapped, he said.

In a telegram sent to Indonesia's Church and civil authorities, the Holy Father said he felt "great sadness" when informed of the "tragic loss of life and destruction of property caused by the earthquakes". It was also felt on Bali to the west.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

At least one person was killed by falling debris and dozens of buildings and temples were damaged on the majority-Hindu island, said I Wayan Karnawan, the head of the local disaster mitigation agency in Bangli regency.

Despite it being a popular tourist destination, no foreigners were recorded among the dead, BNPB spokesman Nugroho told a news conference. 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.

"I think for a lot of people, in particular some of the other delegates there at the conference, they hadn't experienced an quake before and it was pretty terrifying and because we were at the top of the building it was shaking a lot, a lot of things falling over", he said. Many of them were cut off from the outside world as a result of the cataclysm.

The tsunami warning saw people pour out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province. As we got to the hotel - people were running out.



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