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Indonesia earthquake leaves 82 dead

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 August 2018, 8:58 IST

The death toll in Sunday's earthquake of magnitude 6.9 that jolted two islands of Indonesia, has increased to 82.

The powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks rocked Bali and Lombok island of Indonesia, causing thousands of people to rush out of their homes and take outdoor shelters, reported CNN.

The quake, which was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and near Loloan on the north end of Lombok, also triggered a brief tsunami warning.
The tremor was also felt on Bali to the west.

Most of the victims died in northern Lombok, informed Haji Rum, head of the West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Management Agency.

The natural disaster, which was the second powerful temblor on Lombok in a week, hit the island in the evening after the sunset.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the island on July 29, which claimed lives of more than a dozen people.

All the landline and cellphone services have been reported down in Lombok's Tanjung town, which is nearest to the epicenter.


First published: 6 August 2018, 8:58 IST