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Terrified Tourists Flee Gili Islands After Lombok Earthquake

Terrified Tourists Flee Gili Islands After Lombok Earthquake

Facebook apologized for animated balloons and confetti appearing when Indonesian speakers posted messages about Sunday's deadly quake on Indonesia's Lombok Island.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, felt on the nearby holiday island of Bali, measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

United States natural disaster monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

But other government agencies are putting out conflicting information that suggests the actual figure could rise to as many as 381, while local media has reported 347 people have been killed. A tweet by Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia chief economist Rick Newnham indicated it had caused damage at Denpasar's Ngurah Rai Airport.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

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Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday. He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", said Mr Rassi.

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Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since Sunday's quake.

"Then the side pillar cracked and snapped, like a lumberjack breaking wood with his bare hands", said Mr Tahar, describing to The New Paper yesterday how part of the building had collapsed.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated.

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