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

Adjust Comment Print

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that as of Monday morning, around 132 aftershocks have occurred on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), following a 7-magnitude natural disaster that left 82 people dead and hundreds other injured.

He told Sunrise they were also in a Bali last week when the 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck but said this one felt a lot bigger.

He said the death toll had risen to 91 and more than 200 people were seriously injured.

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali.

"We are just thankful to god and also to the hotel staff who really helped us".

"Everybody was crying and screaming and running down the stairs".

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley with his leg bandaged.

A total of 65 of the deaths in North Lombok district, nine in West Lombok district, four in the provincial capital Mataram and two each in Central Lombok and East Lombok districts, Nugroho said.

Caught in an quake in Lombok ----------------Our delegation is in Mataram, Lombok for a security conference.I.

"People panicked and scattered on the streets and buildings and houses that had been damaged by the previous natural disaster had become more damaged and collapsed", Sutopo said.

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

"We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Sydney radio 2GB on Monday, adding that parts of the building were falling down and large cracks appeared on the facade. "We were pretty lucky to get out".

The latest quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal, where ceiling panels were shaken loose, authorities said.

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.

The magnitude 7.0 natural disaster could be felt in Lombok.

"Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, told local TV.

An initial tsunami warning of waves of up to half a metre was issued following the quake but later withdrawn.