JAKARTA, Indonesia — The popular Indonesian resort island of Lombok, already under a weeklong state of emergency, was struck once again on Sunday by a powerful earthquake. At least 82 people were killed in the quake, which was also felt on Bali, just to the west, the country’s National Disaster Management Board said.
Television footage showed panicked residents and tourists fleeing to safety on both islands, especially after a warning that the quake and major aftershocks could cause a tsunami.
Most of the people killed in the magnitude-7.0 quake, which was first announced as a magnitude 6.8 and then revised upward, were from the northern and western regions of Lombok.
The quake occurred in the early evening. Minutes later, a magnitude-5.6 aftershock jolted the region again. It was the first of a wave of about a dozen aftershocks. Thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the disaster agency said.
At the international airports on Lombok and Bali, buildings sustained minor damage, Reuters reported, but operations were not disrupted, officials said.
The law and home affairs minister of Singapore, K. Shanmugam, who was in Mataram, the capital of Lombok Island, when the quake struck, said on Facebook that his 10th-floor hotel room had shaken violently and the walls had cracked.
“It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams,” he wrote. “Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors.”
Najmul Akhyar, the district chief of North Lombok, initially told Metro TV that at least three people had been killed, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Akhyar said, however, that because of an electrical blackout, he did not know whether there were other casualties.
Later, the National Disaster Management Board reported that the death toll had risen to 37, then to 82.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster management board, said in a statement that the earthquake was also felt in Sumbawa Island, to the east of Lombok.
Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia’s national Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said in a televised statement that there were about 12 aftershocks or “smaller earthquakes.”
The United States Geological Survey confirmed the 7.0 quake in a post on Twitter.
The Indonesia agency reported that the earthquake struck at 6:46 p.m. western Indonesian time. It occurred in the same area that a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of July 29, killing 17 people and injuring more than 160.
The agency initially reported that Sunday’s earthquake did not generate a tsunami, but within minutes put out a warning that one may have formed off Lombok’s north coast. It urged people to stay away from the sea. The tsunami warning was later lifted.
Indonesia, which straddles the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In January, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Java, Indonesia’s main island, rocking buildings in the country’s capital, Jakarta, and sending people fleeing into the streets.
In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Sumatra set off a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
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