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At Least 131 People Confirmed Killed in Powerful Indonesia Quake

At least 131 people have now been confirmed dead from a powerful earthquake that struck a group of Indonesian resort islands on Sunday. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, announced the revised casualty figures Wednesday. The numbers have increased as search and rescue crews reach areas isolated from the 6.9 magnitude quake, which struck off the waters of the northern part of Lombok island. The quake was also felt on the neighboring Gili Islands as well as Bali, Sumbawa and parts of East Java. Thousands of homes were damaged in the disaster, leaving about 156,000 people on Lombok island displaced and forced into emergency shelters. The military has dispatched at least three transport planes carrying water, food, tents and medical supplies.  Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from Lombok and three tiny nearby islands called the Gilis.  Nugroho says the death toll is expected...

 

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