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Title:Indonesia Magnitude 7 Earthquake on Tourist Island Lombok Bali Over 300 Dead Strong 6.2 Aftershock
Published:05 August 2018
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Indonesia Magnitude 7 Earthquake on Tourist Island Lombok Bali Leaves Over 300 Dead plus Strong 6.2 Aftershock on August 9th.

Large 7.0 Magnitude Indonesia earthquake leaves at least 300 dead in Lombok, Bali as residents flee. Since followed by large 6.2 aftershock on the island 9th August.

A strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing over 300 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.

The magnitude-7.0 quake struck at a depth of 15 kilometres early on Sunday evening in the northern part of Lombok, triggering a brief tsunami warning and damaging buildings as far away as Denpasar in Bali. It was followed by aftershocks as strong as magnitude-5.4 (now a 6.2 struck on Thursday the 9th of August.

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

The ABC's Indonesia correspondent David Lipson said a witness on the nearby Gili Islands reported thousands of people fleeing to higher ground.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said most of the deaths were in North Lombok district.

Over 20,000 houses were damaged, and most of those killed were hit by collapsed houses, he said.