Massive earthquake hits Indonesia

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A massive magnitude 7.0 quake has hit Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok.

At this stage the death toll has risen to 82 with thousands of people needing to be evacuated from their homes. Many of the dead were from northern and western parts of Lombok.

The quake struck Lombok at a depth of 10km, a week after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on 29 July, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels, and restaurants.

Travelers at the international airports in Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to some buildings.

Other witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.

The country’s disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea. However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a meter was later withdrawn.

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