At Least 39 Dead in Latest Indonesian Earthquake

Oscar Cross
August 6, 2018

The magnitude 7.0 quake has killed at least 39 people on the tourist island of Lombok, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) from Bali. Here's what travellers need to know.

A powerful natural disaster struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 82 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.

It was the second quake to hit Lombok in a week.

The magnitude 7.0 natural disaster could be felt in Lombok.

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.

On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani after the July 29 quake.

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

"There are now 447 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in Indonesia and nine registered as being in Lombok".

They can also contact the New Zealand embassy if they need assistance.

Lombok and Bali are famed for their pristine beaches and mountains, with local planning restrictions in both locations prohibiting construction above the height of coconut trees.

Indonesian soldiers and rescue teams preparing to evacuate tourists from Mount Rinjani on July 30, 2018.

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.

There is also widespread damage to residential and other buildings.

Flight Centre NZ general manager Sue Matson said Indonesia is one of the top 10 overseas destinations for New Zealanders and is growing in popularity.

The quake caused light damage as far away as the Javanesecity of Bandung, some 955 kilometres from Mataram, but was felt strongly on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

"Due to proximity the quake was felt on Bali, which sustained some minor damage to the Denpasar airport terminal, however this hasn't affected the airport at all, with flights operating as normal".

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People affected by the quake rest at a temporary shelter in Lombok, Indonesia.

Residents in Mataram described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling out of buildings. Numerous dead were from northern and western parts of Lombok. A 6.4-magnitude quake shook the island July 29, killing more than a dozen people and briefly stranding hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano.

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported. Red Cross workers moved people to higher ground and advised people in coastal areas to leave due to tsunami concerns, said agency spokesman Arifin M Hadi.

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