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At Least 5 People Killed in New Earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok Island

At least 5 people were killed by a strong earthquake that struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok and the neighboring island of Sumbawa Sunday evening. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said Monday the deaths from the 6.9-magnitude quake were mainly the result of debris from collapsing buildings. The quake occurred just hours after a 6.3-magnitude quake shook Lombok, cutting off power to many parts of the island.  Nugroho said hundreds of aftershocks have been recorded since Sunday's earthquakes, which triggered landslides on parts of Lombok and had residents fleeing into the streets in panic.  Sunday's quakes come just two weeks after an earthquake on the same island left more than 400 dead. Ninik Rahayu of Ombudsman Indonesia, told VOA's Indonesian service that she was asked to leave her hotel in Lombok Sunday. "We frantically run outside," she said. The hotel management prevented guests...

 

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