91 confirmed dead, hundreds injured after strong earthquake hits Indonesian tourist island


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A magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Indonesia’s Lombok island on Sunday, killing at least 91 people and injuring more than 200. 

The earthquake struck at a depth of 15 kilometers early on Sunday evening in the northern part of Lombok, triggering a brief tsunami warning and damaging buildings 150 kilometers away in Denpasar, Bali.

It was followed by aftershocks as strong as magnitude-5.4, the ABC reported.

Thousands fled from their homes to gather for safety in open spaces, but a tsunami warning was lifted after waves just 15 centimeters high were recorded in three villages.

Lombok earthquake 3

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said death toll is expected to rise, as hundreds of people have been taken to local hospitals and thousands of homes have been damaged.

According to the Guardian, all of those confirmed dead in the earthquake are Indonesian. Nugroho said that most of those killed were hit by collapsed houses.

The epicenter was on land 18 kilometers northwest of East Lombok, near where the previous quake struck a week ago and killed 16 people.