Powerful quake kills 82 on Indonesia's Lombok, tourists flee

The earthwuake sent shockwaves maeasuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

The earthwuake sent shockwaves measuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Monday (Aug 6) that he and the Singapore delegation were waiting for a flight out of Lombok, after the Indonesian island was hit by a 6.9-magnitude quake.

The tremor was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali where, according to BNPB, two people died.

An operation was also under way Monday to evacuate some 1,200 tourists from the Gili Islands, three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands a few kilometres off the northwest coast of Lombok that are particularly popular with backpackers and divers.

Rescue workers search for victims in a mosque which was damaged in Sunday's quake in Tanjung, North Lombok, Indonesia August 7, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

The magnitude 7.0 quake which was first announced as a magnitude 6.8 and later revised upward tore through North Lombok's coastal region early evening and damaged Lombok's physical structures, including two shopping malls and a cathedral. The quake was so strong that it was felt even on the island of Bali, where like the rest of the American celebrity.

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit the island a week ago, killing 17 people.

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"We have seen a lot of severe injuries, a lot of broken limbs but also a lot of head injuries where people got injured from falling debris".

However, as they arrived there, "people were running out", he added.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he was "very lucky" to escape a deadly quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok unharmed.

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. On top of it, this quake triggered a tsunami warning.

"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.

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CNN quoted National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho saying that 689 people were trapped on and around the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain following the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake that struck Sunday morning.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded the death toll from Lombok quake on Sunday, August 5, the toll had increased to 91 people.

Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the natural disaster on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying. "People filled the streets", Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist on Bali, told Reuters.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to Bali.

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

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Rescuers are still struggling to reach survivors of the deadly Indonesian natural disaster that has killed at least 91 people.

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