Saturday, 20 April 2019 | 20:00 WIB

Lombok Earthquake: Facebook ’Regrets’ Balloon and Confetti Animation

Post-earthquake atmosphere ini Lombok

JAKARTA, NNC - Facebook says it "regrets" members posting about the deadly quake in Indonesia saw their messages decorated with confetti and balloons.

An earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck the island of Lombok on Sunday, killing more than 130 people.

Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages using the word "selamat", which can mean "unhurt" or "congratulations" depending on the context. However, by doing so triggers balloons and confetti animation.

Facebook says the feature is available globally. It can be triggered by posting a status saying "congratulations" in the UK.

However, the social network told Motherboard news site: "We regret that it appeared in this unfortunate context and have since turned off the feature locally.

"Our hearts go out to the people affected by the earthquake," citing BBC on Wednesday, Aug 8.

Authorities say more than 156,000 people have been evacuated due to the quake. Tens of thousands of homes have collapsed.

Death toll climbed to 131 on Wednesday with hopes of finding more survivors faded.

Workers with mechanical diggers continue to search through the debris of homes, schools and mosques.

However, collapsed roads and bridges have slowed efforts to reach some of the most severely affected areas in the mountainous north and east of Lombok.

Authorities have requested for more medical personnels and supply of basic ingredients.

Officials say all tourists on the Gili islands, off the coast of Lombok, have been evacuated.