Indonesia raises Lombok quake death toll to 91

Rosalie Gross
August 6, 2018

A 6.9-magnitude quake struck Indonesia, sparking a tsunami warning that was later canceled, officials said.

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.

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

"We will evacuate people off of the three Gili islands".

Residents stand next to bikes and debris at a mall in Bali's capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018 after a major natural disaster rocked neighbouring Lombok island.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning and frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

Most of the victims were on the northern side of Lombok, near the epicentre of the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit in the early evening of Sunday.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his 10th-floor hotel room shook violently and walls cracked. And then there was a massive power outage, went dark and then the power came back on within a few seconds. "Heard screams", he wrote.

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"There was certainly a lot of structural damage to the building, everyone's a bit shaken but all well". "Lots of cracks, fallen doors".

Travellers at the worldwide airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but operations were not disrupted, officials said.

An Indonesian official says at least three people have been killed after a strong natural disaster struck the popular tourist island of Lombok.

"People were panicking. especially because of the early tsunami warning", he said.

The area continued to be rattled by aftershocks from the quake, which occurred days after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on July 29, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people.

"All the hotel guests were running, so I did too".

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that the budget airline would try to lay on extra flights, while Indonesian budget carriers Lion Air and Citilink said there had been a jump in demand for outbound flights from Lombok and Bali.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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