Deaths reported as massive quake hits Lombok

Indonesia-earthquake

The 7.0 magnitude natural disaster hit Lombok island on Sunday evening local time, and was also felt at the popular tourist hotspot Bali.

At 6.46pm Sunday 5 August local time, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster struck Lombok, with the epicentre located 18 kilometres south-west of East Lombok island.

Not less than 17 people were reported dead due to the 6.4 magnitude natural disaster leaving damaged buildings in hundreds of numbers besides triggering landslides that trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Indonesia sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Among the dead are a one-year-old and a 72-year-old, he said, adding that at least 52 people were injured.

Witnesses described how people could be heard screaming as locals and tourists ran onto the road.

"I also instructed all health workers on the island of Lombok to sign in and work to ensure that maximum health care services are provided", Zainul said.

Many people in the area, including American model Chrissy Teigen, took to Twitter to say they felt shaking and trembling.

The tremor was powerful enough to be felt on the neighbouring island of Bali where, BNPB said, two people died.

Usable items are salvaged from a home destroyed in an earthquake in North Lombok Indonesia
Usable items are salvaged from a home destroyed in an earthquake in North Lombok Indonesia

In his post, Mr Shanmugam said that he is now waiting for a flight out of Lombok and thanked everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating on Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation. "We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Australian radio.

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen is now holidaying there with singer husband John Legend and their two children Luna, two and Miles, three months. And now I can't contact her.

Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok are sheltering in makeshift tents.

"We know areas where there's a high risk that an quake will occur but exactly when is hard to say", Professor Elders said. Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us".

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

Mr Dutton said parts of the building were falling down and large cracks appeared on the facade. "Praying for the handsome people of this region who've been affected by the quake".

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters.

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