Powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island

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At least 91 people were dead and hundreds more injured as a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Indonesia’s popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, according to Indonesian authorities and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The powerful quake struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers off the north coast of Lombok, a little over a mile from Loloan village, on Sunday night local time, the USGS said.

The country’s National Board for Disaster Management said Monday that 91 people died and 209 people were injured in the quake. Thousands more people were displaced as thousands of buildings were destroyed.

The agency warned all of the numbers were likely to increase as search operations continued Monday.

Despite its status as a tourist location, officials said everyone who died was an Indonesian citizen. They said most of those who died were struck by falling debris from collapsed buildings.

The Indonesian Army has sent three C-130 cargo planes to bring food, medical supplies, tents and communication equipment to the thousands of refugees affected by the disaster. The National Board for Disaster Management said there was an urgent need for ready-to-eat food, mineral water, blankets, clothes and other basic necessities.

 

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