Monday, 17 January 2022

Strong quake on Indonesia holiday island kills 13

(AFP PHOTO / Aulia AHMAD)

A powerful earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok killed at least 13 people, injured hundreds and damaged thousands of homes on Sunday, officials said.

The shallow 6.4-magnitude quake jolted the island in the early morning, sending people running outside in panic and triggering landslides on popular mountain hiking routes.

Scores of aftershocks sparked fear among survivors. More than 120 were recorded, the biggest with a magnitude of 5.7, Indonesia’s meteorology agency said.

Local officials have declared a three day state emergency, according to multiple television reports.

“Thirteen people have died, hundreds of people were injured and thousands of homes were damaged in the earthquake in East Lombok. We are still collecting data,” Indonesian disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.

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