Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 82 dead

06 August, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • A man walks debris from destroyed houses in an area affected by an earthquake at Sajang village Sembalun East Lombok Indonesia Monday

In a statement MFAT says they have no information to suggest New Zealanders have been affected by the quake.

There are now nine New Zealanders registered as being on Lombok.

"New Zealanders requiring consular assistance can call the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta on (+ 62 21) 2995 5800".

We'll have more as the story develops.

"Lots of people screaming and lots of the sounds of the roofs falling in and the walls collapsing and general chaos".

A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong natural disaster, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. "Death count is expected to increase still", the disaster management agency said.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit Lombok, killing 17 people and damaging hundreds of buildings.

Last week, a magnitude 6.4 quake struck off the coast of Lombok, killing 14 people.


"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking", Iman, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP. As we got to the hotel - people were running out.

A tsunami warning was lifted after waves just 15 centimeters (6 inches) high were recorded in three villages, said Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Many buildings are thought to have been damaged by the quake in Lombok´s main city of Mataram, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia´s disaster mitigation agency.

A map showing shaking intensity from a 6.9 quake in Indonesia on August 5, 2018.

Airports in both Lombok and Bali are still operational, House of Travel product and channel director Dave Fordyce said. There had been a half-hour evacuation at the Lombok airport following the quake because the electricity went off. TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.

Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani, Indonesia's second highest volcano, after the July 29 natural disaster.

"All New Zealanders in Lombok are advised to register their details on safetravel.govt.nz, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and let their family in New Zealand know they are okay".

The Indonesian archipelago, where Lombok and Bali are located, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer (25,000-mile) area of intense seismic and volcanic activity where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

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