Death toll continues to rise after devastating earthquake in Indonesia

UPDATE @ August 9, 8.00 AM | THERE are reports this morning that the death toll from the powerful earthquake which struck Indonesia’s Lombok Island has now risen to more than 300.


The national disaster agency says the confirmed death toll remains at 131, however other local government agencies are reporting much higher figures ranging from around 200 to 381.


The disaster agency said those figures are incomplete and have not yet been cross checked, however confirmed the death toll would rise as rescue efforts continue.




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Over 1500 people are understood to have been injured.


The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck north east of Lombok at a depth of 15 kilometres on Sunday evening.


It was followed by two lighter quakes and a number of strong aftershocks, with a tsunami warning also issued but later cancelled.


The quake was so strong that it could be felt on the popular tourist island of Bali, with a department store and Denpasar’s airport experiencing damage.


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EARLIER @ August 7, 7.00 AM | The death toll from the powerful earthquake which struck Indonesia’s Lombok Island has now risen to at least 98.


The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck north east of Lombok at a depth of 15 kilometres on Sunday evening.


It was followed by two lighter quakes and a number of strong aftershocks, with a tsunami warning also issued but later cancelled.


The quake was so strong that it could be felt on the popular tourist island of Bali, with a department store and Denpasar’s airport experiencing damage.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at this stage, no Australians are believed to have been injured.


“Obviously Australians have been affected, they felt the shock, including Minister Peter Dutton who was at a counter-terrorism conference in Lombok,” Prime Minister Turnbull said.


“There are a lot of Australians in Indonesia at any time, so our consular services will be doing everything they can to ascertain the safety of Australians.”


He said he would be speaking to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and offering support.


“We’ll offer whatever support is available, we always reach out to our neighbours when natural disasters strike,” Mr Turnbull told Channel 9.


Rescue crews are continuing to clear debris on the resort island in the search for survivors, however sadly, the death toll is expected to rise.


More than 200 people have been injured in the natural disaster.


EARLIER @ August 6, 1:30 PM: The Federal Government has confirmed they’ll help with the recovery efforts in Indonesia after a devastating earthquake killed 91 people.


The death toll is expected to rise and it’s understood all the people killed are Indonesian.


More than 200 people have been injured in the natural disaster.


Earlier today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed he’d be speaking to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and offering support.


“We’ll offer whatever support is available, we always reach out to our neighbours when natural disasters strike,” he told Channel 9.


Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was in Lombok for a counter terrorism meeting and said the quake was strong enough to knock him to the ground on the 12th floor of their hotel.


EARLIER @ 7:20 AM: A POWERFUL earthquake has shaken Indonesia’s Lombok Island, killing at least 82 people and injuring hundreds more.


The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck north east of Lombok at a depth of just 10.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey says.


It was followed by two lighter quakes and a number of strong aftershocks, with a tsunami warning also issued but later cancelled.


According to local media, the quake was felt on the popular tourist island of Bali, with a department store and Denpasar’s airport experiencing damage.


Australia’s Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton was in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting and got caught up in the chaos.


“Australian delegation is safe and is evacuated from hotel,” he tweeted.


“Very grateful to Indonesian police and authorities and the AFP. We are not yet aware of the extent of the damage, but thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.”


It comes just a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 16 people on the island.


Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed there was no tsunami threat to Australia.