91 Dead as Devastating Earthquake Rocks Indonesia

At least 91 people have been killed, and hundreds injured after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.

While the magnitude seven tremor was shallow, occurring only 10km (6.21 miles) underground, it damaged thousands of buildings which led to the deaths.

There have been more than 130 aftershocks since the quake hit on Sunday morning, forcing officials to issue a tsunami warning – which was lifted after a few hours.

It comes a week after another quake hit popular holiday destination of Lombok, killing at least 16 people.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency told the AFP that many buildings had been affected in Lombok’s main city of Mataram.

Residents of the city described a powerful jolt that sent people fleeing into the streets and scrambling for safety.

“Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking,” one resident named as Iman said.

Patients at the city hospital, and also at Denpasar hospital in Bali, were evacuated and tended to by doctors in the streets, already littered with debris.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim.

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