World Asia 21 Aug 2018 Multiple quakes rock ...

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia, 10 killed

AFP
Published Aug 21, 2018, 3:18 am IST
Updated Aug 21, 2018, 3:18 am IST
The latest quakes struck on Sunday, with the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday.
It triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover as parts of Lombok suffered blackouts. (Representational Image)(Photo: AP)
 It triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover as parts of Lombok suffered blackouts. (Representational Image)(Photo: AP)

Mataram (Indonesia): At least 10 people are dead after a string of powerful quakes rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, authorities said on Monday, in a fresh blow just weeks after earlier tremors left hundreds dead and thousands more homeless.

The latest quakes struck on Sunday, with the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday. It triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover as parts of Lombok suffered blackouts. It was followed nearly 12 hours later by a 6.9-magnitude quake and a string of powerful aftershocks.

 

The picturesque island next to holiday hotspot Bali was already reeling from two deadly quakes on July 29 and August 5 that killed nearly 500 people. 

Ten people were killed in the strong quake on Sunday evening, mostly by falling debris, including six people on the neighbouring island of Sumbawa, according to the national disaster agency. Some two dozen people were injured in Lombok.

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