Lombok: Scores die as quake again hits Indonesian island
[August 06 2018]
At least 91 people are now known to have died after a
powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Hundreds of people have been wounded by Sunday's
quake, officials say, mostly in the north of the island.
The magnitude seven tremor was shallow, occurring only
10km (6.21 miles) underground. It damaged thousands of buildings and
triggered power cuts.
On the neighbouring island of Bali, video footage
showed people running from their homes screaming.
There have been more than 130 aftershocks since the
quake hit on Sunday morning.
A tsunami warning was issued but was lifted after a
It comes a week after another quake hit Lombok,
popular with tourists who visit its beaches and hiking trails. That
quake killed at least 16 people.
'Everyone is panicking'
Lombok is a roughly 4,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles)
island west of the slightly larger island of Bali.
The two islands are home to about three and four
million people respectively, but each year are visited by millions of
tourists from around the globe.
A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency
told the AFP news agency that many buildings had been affected in
Lombok's main city of Mataram. Most of them had been built with weak
Mataram residents described a powerful jolt that sent
people fleeing into the streets.
"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone
is panicking," one resident named as Iman said.
In several parts of Mataram, there were electricity
Patients at the city hospital, and also at Denpasar
hospital in Bali, were evacuated and tended to by doctors in the
Hospital patients were
looked after in the streets after the earthquake
There was a feeling of panic as the earthquake hit
Debris littered the streets of Lombok and Bali, which
local people sought to clean up in the hours after the quake.
The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali. One
worker in Denpasar described the scene to the BBC.
"They were initially just little shocks but then they
started to get bigger and bigger and people started to shout
'earthquake', then all the staff panicked and rushed out of the
building," the unnamed man said.
Model and presenter Chrissy Teigen, who is on holiday
in Bali, described 15 seconds of a tremor, followed by "so many
Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was in
Lombok for a security conference when the earthquake struck.
He described on Facebook how his hotel room shook
violently. "It was quite impossible to stand up," he said.
Australian Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration
Peter Dutton who was also at the conference said his delegation was safe
and thanked the Indonesian police and authorities for their work.
He tweeted on Monday morning that so far there were no
reports of Australian casualties.
The quake has also affected the Gili Islands, three
tiny islands just off the coast of Lombok, which are particularly
popular with divers.
A tweet from the head of the Disaster Mitigation
Agency said 1,000 foreign tourists were being evacuated from the
"Some of them are hurt and are in shock," I Nyoman
Sidakarya told TV One.
One disaster official has shared a video showing the
scene on one beach, as people waited to leave.
He said there were a limited number of boats available
so the evacuation was taking place gradually, but that more boats were
on their way.
Airports on both Lombok and Bali are both operating
normally despite some minor damage - at Bali's Denpasar airport some
ceiling panels were shaken loose by the tremors.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on
the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions
that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.
More than half of the world's active volcanoes above
sea level are part of the ring.
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