Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on earthquake posts

Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on earthquake posts

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2018

The latest quake, which is understood to have struck 20 minutes before the building fell to the ground, claimed at least six fresh casualties and sent the death toll to more than 320. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third natural disaster was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

"We will distribute the one hundred devices to 48 sub-districts in Mataram City, and in the districts including North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and East Lombok".

She says the Red Cross has launched an appeal for NZ$14 million for a big shelter programme to help the local people. The Red Cross called the Sunday incident "exceptionally destructive".

President Jokowi has said he would leave for Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), to visit the victims of the Lombok quake next week.

"When the quake happened, I took my kid and ran", she said. 'There was no way to get her out'. Panicked residents fled into the streets, witnesses said.

The powerful quake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing a number of people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities on Monday said thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll could climb.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters. There were too many other injured and dead.

"Her son managed to get out from the house when the quake hit but the grandmother and grandson were left behind", said a relative Nani Wijayanti.

While the quake was centred on the island of Lombok, people in nearby Bali were also strongly affected.

"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", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last natural disaster happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

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