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story.lead_photo.caption A man walks through a village destroyed by a strong earthquake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia, on Monday.

MATARAM, Indonesia -- A day after an earthquake devastated an Indonesian resort island, hundreds of tourists remained stranded, hotels were filled to capacity and rescuers continued to dig through rubble in a search for survivors.

The temblor on the island of Lombok claimed at least 98 lives and injured another 236 people. It left at least 20,000 people homeless and sent thousands of tourists fleeing.

No tourists were reported killed. But the earthquake Sunday was felt as far away as the neighboring island of Bali, where two people died. And it was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, including one Monday morning that registered a magnitude of 5.4.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses on Lombok, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's quake, measured at magnitude 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Damage was "massive" in mountainous northern Lombok, where the quake was centered, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

A large mosque collapsed on worshippers in northern Lombok's Lading-Lading village, and rescuers used a backhoe to search the debris. The number of victims was unknown.

Some areas still hadn't been reached 24 hours after the quake because of collapsed bridges, blocked and ruptured roads and the loss of power and communications.

Long lines formed at the airport of Lombok's main town, Mataram, as tourists cut short their holidays. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 18 extra flights had been added for departing tourists.

"I was at the rooftop of my hotel and the building started swaying very hard," Gino Poggiali, a 43-year-old Frenchman who was with his wife and two children at the airport, told The Associated Press. "I could not stand up."

The Indonesian Red Cross said on Twitter it had helped a woman give birth at a health post after the quake. One of the names she gave the baby boy was "Gempa," which means earthquake.

The earthquake and dozens of aftershocks have left many people jumpy and unwilling to stay indoors.

In Mataram, the main city on Lombok, which is just east of Bali, many hundreds of people slept in fields or their cars Monday evening.

Some even slept in the street, thinking that would be safer than staying in their homes.

Sahril, who uses one name, said he escaped his collapsing house in North Lombok with his immediate family, but his older brother is buried in his flattened home in the village of Cubek.

"He was serving customers when the earthquake happened. The customers managed to escape, but he himself didn't," Sahril said. "His two-story house collapsed and buried him. He had no chance to scream [for] help."

Lombok has a growing tourist industry. Some resort hotels were damaged by the quake and had to ask their guests to leave.

Many tourists have wanted to depart Lombok as quickly as possible, but have been unable to get flights off the island.

Hotels in Mataram that were not damaged were filled to capacity Monday evening. Many people who were unable to get rooms slept in the lobbies of the larger hotels.

Gallery: Deadly Indonesia earthquake

At Lombok International Airport, hundreds of stranded tourists slept on the floor of the terminal.

Many residents found their houses reduced to rubble after the temblor Sunday along the island's northern coast, forcing them to erect makeshift tents in their own yards, said Nugroho.

"People were allowed to return home since last night, but some refused because they were still traumatized," Nugroho told reporters.

Search and rescue teams continued to comb the debris of thousands of buildings and homes looking for survivors and victims, as the government dispatched medical support teams to the island.

On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and residents spent Sunday night on a hill because of tsunami fears, said British visitor Saffron Amis.

"There was a lot of screaming and crying, particularly from the locals," said Amis, from Brighton. "We spoke to a lot of them and they were panicking about their family in Lombok. It was just a lot of panic because no one knew what was happening."

By Monday morning, with electricity off and hotels and hostels damaged, thousands were desperate to leave.

Hundreds packed a sliver of brilliant white sand beach on the 6-square-mile Trawangan island, shouting at rescue personnel trying to ensure an orderly evacuation, according to video and photos from the local water police.

Nugroho said authorities deployed ships to evacuate people from the three islands. About 2,700 had left, but several thousand more tourists and hotel employees are waiting to leave, he said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered the Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to oversee all rescue, recovery and aid efforts on Lombok.

"To the people of Lombok and surrounding areas, please keep calm," Widodo said on Twitter on Monday, as the magnitude of the destruction became clear. "Our brothers are not alone in facing this ordeal. We are with you all."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Jakarta on an official visit during the weekend, also expressed condolences to the earthquake victims via Twitter.

Information for this article was contributed by Richard C. Paddock and Joe Cochrane of The New York Times; and by Andi Jatmiko, Stephen Wright and Ali Kotarumalos of The Associated Press.

Photo by AP/TATAN SYUFLANA
A villager removes belongings from his damaged home in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Mon- day, a day after an earthquake that killed dozens of people. Rescuers dug through the rubble Monday in search of survivors, but some areas were still unreachable.

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