Rescue Operations Continue After Powerful Indonesia Quake

Search and rescue operations are continuing on Indonesian resort islands following Sunday's powerful earthquake that has killed more than 100 people.    Residents who lost their homes sheltered in makeshift tents while most tourists were able to evacuate on Monday. Sunday's quake, recorded at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey (revised down from 7.0), struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers in the northern part of Lombok island, triggering a brief tsunami warning. It was also felt on the neighboring Gili islands as well as Bali, Sumbawa and parts of East Java. Much of the evacuation efforts were focused on the tiny Gili islands, three vacation islands near Lombok. Tourists lined up on the small beaches Monday waiting for the boats that would take them to the larger Lombok island.     Officials said more than 2,000 people were evacuated from the Gili islands on Monday. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters Monday that most of those killed and injured were on the northern side of Lombok, which sustained massive damage.     Officials said most of the victims were killed by falling rubble, and say more than 200 people have been seriously injured. They say thousands of houses were damaged in the quake. Nugroho says the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue crews reach more affected areas. He said no foreign tourists are among the dead.   Electricity was knocked out in several parts of the city and patients were evacuated from the main hospital. Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, posted pictures of the destruction on his Facebook page and said his 10th-floor hotel room shook violently and walls... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Rescue Operations Continue After Powerful Indonesia Quake, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Rescue Operations Continue After Powerful Indonesia Quake





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 7 August, 2018



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