A major earthquake of magnitude 6.9 unleashed horror and havoc on the Indonesian resort island of Lombok killing 91 people and triggered panic and exodus of tourists. This has been a second powerful quake within a week. The Epicenter of the quake lied in the north where the National Disaster Mitigation Agency expected the death toll will go up as many buildings had collapsed or were badly damaged.
The island was facing complete disruption of power and communications. Military was arranging for essential supplies of food and medicine in addition to transporting tourists and victims to safe places. It was on July 29, that Lombok was hit by a powerful quake of magnitude 6.4 which had killed 17 people and injured many others. More than 120 aftershocks had been recorded by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics after yesterday’s quake. The tremor of the quake was so powerful that it was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali.
Indonesia falls in the Pacific Ring of Fire and is thus very prone to earthquakes. The government had also issued a Tsunami warning due to the earthquake yesterday. In 2004, the Tsunami had killed 226,000 people in total out of which 120,000 fell in Indonesia. Lombok airport witnessed long queues as tourists rushed to get the first flights. Garuda Indonesia airline was reportedly adding more flights to help the tourists leave safely.
More than 1000 tourists were evacuated from the three Gili islands which lie in northwest of Lombok, in boats.