The seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometres underground, according to the US Geological Survey, followed by further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks. A magntidue 7.0 earthquake is considered to send strong shockwaves through the earth, capabale enough of levelling entire towns and causing widespread damage to the landscape.
Iwan Asmara, an official from the local Disaster Mitigation Agency, said people poured out of their houses in panic and moved to higher ground, particularly in Mataram and North Lombok. Electricity was knocked out in several parts of the city and patients were evacuated from the main hospital, witnesses and officials said. The quake also damaged buildings, triggered power cuts and was felt in neighbouring Bali. people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants. Bali’s international airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal. A tsunami warning was issued in its aftermath but it was lifted several hours later. English-speaking residents and holiday-makers in Lombok immediately took to social media – with most saying it was the biggest earthquake they’d ever felt. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
The number of victims was updated: at least 100 died and hundreds are injured.