Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands

A man walks debris from destroyed houses in an area affected by an earthquake at Sajang village Sembalun East Lombok Indonesia Monday Tsunami warning after 7.0 M earthquake off Lombok island - Indonesian geological agency
Melody Ballard | 06 August, 2018, 06:19

It was the second quake to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world, in a week.

Residents of the city described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling to get out of buildings.

"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking", Iman, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP.

The head of the disaster management agency in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province, Muhammad Rum, says the death toll from an quake that hit the tourist island of Lombok has risen to 39.

Patients are evacuated outside to the parking lot of Mataram City General Hospital after a strong natural disaster is felt in Mataram in eastern Lombok island, Indonesia, on Sunday.

According to Australian news outlet News.Com.Au, the main quake was followed by two light to moderate secondary quakes and almost two dozen aftershocks.

Pictures showed patients lying on their beds outside the clinic while doctors in blue scrubs attended to them.

Australia's home affairs minister has tweeted that he and his delegation have been safely evacuated in darkness from a Lombok hotel where they have been staying during a regional security conference.

Ms Epper said there are broken temples, broken walls and broken houses everywhere in her village.

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Officials issued a tsunami warning, which was later cancelled. "People were in tears, just screaming".

"Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, told local TV.

Mr Turnbull said many Australians had felt the quake.

"The first one lasted quite a while, the second one was only about 2-5 seconds".

A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong natural disaster, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. He said the agency was still collecting data on the injured.

The quake struck Lombok and was strongly felt in neighbouring Bali.

The quake, which originated in northern Lombok, wrecked buildings more than 120 miles away in southern Bali, knocked out electricity in several areas and forced evacuations, according to Indonesia's disaster response agency, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB).

Since Indonesia is part of the "Ring of Fire", a series of fault lines and volcanoes, it is particularly prone to earthquakes like this.

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