Death toll in Indonesia earthquake rises to 91

The earthwuake sent shockwaves maeasuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

The major 7.0 quake last night on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok killed at least 37 people and injured dozens, officials said on Sunday (Aug 5), damaging homes and triggering panic among tourists and locals. eTN reported about it earlier.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said that more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after Sunday evening's quake, whose magnitude the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) revised down to 6.9 from an original 7.0.

"There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated", he said, adding some hotels had been damaged by the quake.

Garuda Indonesia vice president corporate secretary Hengki Heriandono said in a statement that he hoped the additional flights would help people wishing to leave Lombok for Bali.

At least 209 people were injured. Immediately after the first shock, the authorities issued a warning about the possibility of a tsunami, which was later canceled.

The quake damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on the neighboring island of Bali.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok, killing at least 17 people. It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Chrissy Teigen who is vacationing in nearby Bali witnessed the natural disaster first hand from relatively safe distance. Four agencies including the military and the national search and rescue agency are involved in the evacuation.

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Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.

The strong tremor, which sent people running in panic from homes and hotels in the early morning.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the natural disaster struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently.

"The lower floors we went down there was more damage visible [there] than at the top [floors]". He said the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor" and cut power.

TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, which is situated on the "Ring of Fire" seismically active hotspot encircling the Pacific Ocean.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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