Monday, 17 December, 2018

Huge Indonesia natural disaster rocks Lombok island

Indonesia Struck by 2nd Massive Earthquake in a Week Powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island, 91 dead
Pablo Mccormick | 09 August, 2018, 19:22

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on Monday (Aug 6) that he is waiting for a flight out of Lombok, after he was caught in the 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that hit the Indonesian resort island on Sunday evening.

He says there are no reports of injured Australians.

The quake was centered on the north coast of the island, 48 km northeast of Mataram, its largest city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Strong aftershocks also jolted the area.

The authorities had carried a rescue operation for the trapped tourists in landslides on Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the Lombok island.

[Photo/Agencies] A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong quake, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Makeshift wards were set up to treat patients in tents surrounded by drip stands and monitros while the doctors attended them.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that damage was "massive" in the north of Lombok.

A tsunami warning was issued but was lifted after a few hours.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told MetroTV that the tsunami warning has ended.

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The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok.

"Mate, we were knocked certainly to the floor".

It was also felt strongly in the neighbouring Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in the world's largest Muslim majority nation.

One local tweeted pictures of destruction at a shopping centre in Kuta.

Carlos Romartinez, a 24-year-old Spaniard who was also waiting for a flight out of Lombok, said he had made a decision to head instead to the island of Flores to the east.

Facilities of Lombok's main airport were not unaffected in the latest quake but passengers were briefly evacuated from the main terminal.

Another was American model and television presenter Chrissy Teigen who posted a series of brief updates on her Twitter profile.

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. We are on stilts. I'm naked. I'm naked'. "I'm naked. I'm naked".

The aftershocks unnerved Teigen, too.

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"This is it for me in Indonesia", she said. "I'm trying to be normal here!".

The quake also shook neighbouring Bali.

She tweeted: "We felt it here in Ubud and it was VIOLENT. Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us". "Very scary. Stay safe everyone".

To anticipate passenger movement following the quake, Garuda has added three extra flights on the Lombok-Denpasar route with the following schedule: GA7053 departing Lombok at 2:40 p.m. local time, GA4377 at 4:40 p.m. and. "Thinking of everyone affected". How lucky we are to have that choice.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was in Lombok for a security conference when the natural disaster struck.

Another said: "Not so big as yesterday but was quite sustained".

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

One day on, the usually-picturesque holiday hotspot is a scene of mayhem as panic-stricken tourists look to make their getaway as officials evacuate the islands.

About 90 personnel from the military, police and national search and rescue agency swarmed around the flattened building Tuesday, using cutting equipment to pry apart the tangled debris.

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Professor Chris Elders, from Curtin University, said the region was a hot spot for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes spread along a horseshoe-shaped line of shifting plates.

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