Last week a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, that earthquake killed a dozen people and injured many more. As the island was just beginning to start the recovery process a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, last night, hit the tiny island killing 82 at present count. The quake triggering a brief tsunami warning that was cancelled within the hour but sent many looking for higher ground.
The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake hit northern Lombok just 10 kilometres underground and was followed by two further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks.
Social media posts from the scene showed debris piled on streets and sidewalks. Hospital patients, many still in their beds, were rolled out onto streets as a safeguard against structural damage to the hospital buildings.
In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.