Huge Indonesia quake rocks Lombok island


A strong natural disaster has again struck the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, killing 82 people.

BNPB had previously put the number of dead at 105, including two on the western neighboring island of Bali, which also felt the 6.9 magnitude quake.

Palmer said she felt the quake from where she was staying in a treehouse in Bali.

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok, which is just east of Bali, on July 29, killing 16 people. "We spoke to a lot of them and they were panicking about their family in Lombok".

"I guess the question for the Balinese people who rely very heavily on tourism is, is the combination of all these factors adding in the terrorism risk, is that enough to deter people and I guess we really don't know the answer to that question".

Airports in both Lombok and Bali are still operational, House of Travel product and channel director Dave Fordyce said. At least 82 people were killed and hundreds were wounded, with thousands of buildings damaged.

Thousands of holidaymakers have been left stranded in the region after the powerful natural disaster ripped through Lombok yesterday.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said more than 120 aftershocks were recorded, including a tremor so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, where two people died. Immediately after the first shock, the authorities issued a warning about the possibility of a tsunami, which was later canceled.

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CNN quoted the head of Indonesia's disaster management department, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as stating that the majority of those killed in the quake were hit by falling debris from collapsing buildings.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel work on a collapsed mosque in Pemenang, North Lombok on August 6, 2018, the day after a magnitude 6.9 quake struck the area.

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.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in Mataram when the quake struck, said that his room shook violently and walls cracked.

"We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran", said Australian tourist Kim Liebelt as he waited with other travellers for a flight out at Lombok's global airport.

However, a local search and rescue official said there had been at least one fatality on the Gilis and several injuries.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, which is situated on the "Ring of Fire" seismically active hotspot encircling the Pacific Ocean.