Earthquake Strikes Popular Tourist Destination, At Least 91 People Killed

August 05, 2018Aug 05, 2018

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Indonesian resort island of Lombok on Sunday evening local time. According to the Associated Press, the death toll is 91 with authorities expecting it to rise and rescuers continue their work.

The earthquake struck at 6.46pm local time on Sunday. It damaged buildings as far as 93 miles away in Denpasar, Bali. Tourists are being evacuated off neighboring islands after the quake.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there is "massive" damage in north Lombok from the quake that struck early Sunday evening, reported AP.

"National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there were no fatalities among tourists on the three islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. He said three ships had evacuated 1,000 tourists so far. Four agencies including the military and the national search and rescue agency are involved in the evacuation," added AP.

In addition to the 91 killed, hundreds of other people are injured. There is also widespread damage to residential and other buildings.

It seemed that things might become worse when Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning. However, thanks be to God, they lifted the warning at 8.30pm local time.

The epicenter was on land 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of East Lombok. This is near where the previous quake struck a week ago. That earthquake killed 16 people.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting, told reporters that the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor".

"We were up on the 12th floor, the lights went out and we were able to evacuate," Dutton said. "I think we were pretty lucky in the end."

Lombok is located east of Bali. It is a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.

The island nation is also situated in the Ring of Fire. This is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

Please join us in raising up the people of this island. This is the second time in a weeks time that they have had an earthquake. They need our love and support in this terrible time. In other news, the FDA has recalled a common heart and blood pressure medication because it causes cancer. This recall only gets more serious as we learn more. Please pray for everyone who has been taking this drug. The recall could impact anyone with heart problems.