Magnitude 7 Earthquake Shakes Indonesian Island, At Least 91 Dead


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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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Indonesian authorities reported at least 91 people died from a magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday.

United States Geological Services reported Lombok Island, near Bali, was hit around 11:46 a.m local time. The earthquake was estimated to be 6.5 miles deep.

Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency issued the possibility of a tsunami warning.

Over 200 people were injured while another 20,000 people were placed in shelters due to thousands of homes and buildings suffering damages, the Associated Press reported.

Celebrity Chrissy Teigen, who is on vacation in Bali with husband John Legend and her family, took to Twitter to describe the quake. (RELATED: UK Hit With Second Earthquake In Two Weeks)

The earthquake did considerable damage. Pictures show a local mall flooded and falling apart.

Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali closed down due to the earthquake, according to a tweet by Porter Media News. Airports in both Lombok and Bali continued operations Sunday night, according to the AP.

Lombok experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on July 29 that triggered a landslide, leaving hundreds of tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani. Over 1,400 houses were damaged, and 16 people were killed, according to Fox News.

Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” which is where many volcanoes and fault lines encircle the Pacific Ocean. A  9.1 earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004, which produced a tsunami that killed 230,000 people across several countries, Fox reported.

Update: Indonesian officials lifted the tsunami warning, according to a tweet by the Associated Press. The death toll went up to 91 people, the AP reported.

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