98 confirmed dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits Indonesia

Muhammad Fauzy/ NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA parking lot in a mall at the Badung Regency, Bali was destroyed by Sunday’s earthquake in Indonesia.

  • A magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Lombok, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.
  • At least 98 people are dead, and hundreds of others are injured.
  • The quake was felt 150km away in Denpasar.
  • The epicentre is near where a previous earthquake hit last week, killing 16 people.

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing 99 people.

The earthquake struck at 6.46pm local time (9.46pm AEST) on Sunday and damaged buildings 150km away in Denpasar, Bali.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency told reporters on Monday afternoon that the death toll had risen to 98 people, and more than 230 others were severely injured.

Officials warned that this figure could continue to rise as search and rescue teams continue to sweep the area.

The identities of all the victims are not clear yet. The Guardian reported earlier on Monday that all those confirmed dead in the earthquake were Indonesian.

Among the buildings that were damaged is a mosque in Lading-Lading village, where multiple worshippers were trapped inside.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho/TwitterThe earthquake destroyed this mosque in Lading-Lading village.

The epicenter was on land 18km northwest of East Lombok, near where the previous quake struck a week ago.

That earthquake killed 16 people.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning following the quake, but later lifted the warning at 8.30pm local time.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesperson for Indonesia’s disaster agency, says the main focus now is the search and rescue operation and getting basic needs met for those affected.

“Current urgent needs are medical personnel, clean water, food, blankets, mats, tents, fast food, trauma healing services and basic need,” he said.

The Indonesian air force sent three planes on Monday morning to Bali and Lombok, with troops, medical personnel, drugs and food onboard.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asked that the community remain calm and said “the brothers are not alone facing this ordeal”.

Community and neighbouring Lombok, may remain calm. The brothers are not alone facing this ordeal. We are with you all. I continue to monitor all aid and handling of the impact of the earthquake disaster in Lombok.

May God ALMIGHTY always protect us. Aamiin

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting, told Fairfax Media the quake “was powerful enough to put us on the floor”.

“We were up on the 12th floor, the lights went out and we were able to evacuate,” Dutton said.

“I think we were pretty lucky in the end.”

Videos of moment the earthquake hit have been posted on Twitter (language warning):

A number of tourists have since made an effort to leave Lombok by sea and air.

Airport authorities in Lombok have requested additional flights to accommodate the influx.

American model Chrissy Teigen is also in Bali with her husband singer John Legend and their two children. She says her family is safe but has asked for the media to focus on those in danger and in need of help.

Lombok, which is located east of Bali and makes up part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, is a popular tourist destination, known for mountains, beaches and surf.

The island nation is also situated in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Because of this, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and has some of the most active volcanoes in the area.

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