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Indonesia quake kills 82 on tourist island

MNA International Desk: At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed, reported news agency.

The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his room shook violently and walls cracked.

Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western parts of Lombok.

An initial tsunami warning of waves of up to half a metre was issued following the quake but later withdrawn.

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