Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands


Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 quake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia's resort island of Lombok, prompting a tourist exodus.

A man walks past debris which fell from a signboard outside the Santika hotel following a strong natural disaster in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

That 6.4-magnitude quake left 17 people dead, damaged hundreds of buildings and triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Many buildings are thought to have been damaged by the quake in Lombok's main city of Mataram, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

"There are challenges: the roads were damaged, three bridges were also damaged, some locations are hard to reach and we don´t have enough personnel". A distraught Muhamad Juanda said on Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque".

"Many injured people are being treated outside hospitals and health clinics because the buildings were damaged", Nugroho said.

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The shallow seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometers underground, according to the US Geological Survey, followed by further secondary quakes and almost two dozen aftershocks. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic". Blue tarpaulins dotted the landscape as people prepared to spend the nights outdoors because of aftershocks or because their homes were destroyed.

"They are mostly buildings with weak construction material", Nugroho said. The warning was lifted later Sunday after only small waves were recorded.

Ali from Italy is tweeting: "My sister called me from Lombok and she was absolutely terrified, she said she was up a tree after the quake and a tsunami is coming". "The lamp was shaking, and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off".

A POWERFUL quake which ripped through Lombok in Indonesia, killing at least 142 people, was caused by the same tectonic movement that led to the eruption of Bali's Mount Agung this year.

"There was a lot of screaming and crying, particularly from the locals", said Ms Amis, from Brighton.

"All New Zealanders in Lombok are advised to register their details on safetravel.govt.nz, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and let their family in New Zealand know they are okay".

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A video from the Gili islands shows scores of people pushing and shoving their way onto tiny boats in a bid to reach the mainland.

Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the natural disaster on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying.

Dutton told Fairfax the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor". "We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Australian radio.

Airports in both Lombok and Bali are still operational, House of Travel product and channel director Dave Fordyce said. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

The model, along with singer-husband John Legend and their two children, felt the shaking while on vacation in neighboring Bali on Sunday.

She live tweeted the quake to her 10.6m followers.

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