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At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands

Indonesia evacuates tourists after Lombok quake kills 91 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia a Week After Another Deadly Temblor
Kenny Thornton | 10 August, 2018, 04:17

A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Board issued a statement that said the quake was felt in Mataran, Lombok's capital, as well as Sumbawa Island, to the east of Lombok, the New York Times reported.

"There are challenges: the roads were damaged, three bridges were also damaged, some locations are hard to reach and we don´t have enough personnel".

"There were thousands of people on that hill, waiting for more information.

The death toll from last weekend's powerful natural disaster on Indonesia's Lombok island rose to 131 on Wednesday as rescuers found more people crushed under collapsed buildings, though some still held out hope of finding survivors.

The US Geological Survey said the natural disaster struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) underground.

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said emergency units in its hospitals were overflowing and some patients were being treated in parking lots. This latest 6.9 magnitude quake caused buildings to crumble and collapse, killing and injuring those who fled to the streets.

His wife Maude, 44, said the family was on Bali for the first quake and Lombok for the second.

The alert status warning meant that the wave height was less than 50 centimeters.

In one of a series of tweets, Teigen wrote: "Another aftershock just now. probably the 8th one we have felt since the big one last night. we are safe, up high and nothing around us. thinking about everyone around us and in Lombok especially". "The lamp was shaking, and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off".

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Officials said more than 2,000 people had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where fears of another tsunami spread.

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley with his leg bandaged.

Mr Nugroho said there were no fatalities among the local and foreign tourists and a joint search and rescue team had deployed three ships to evacuate people.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the natural disaster struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently.

Dutton told Fairfax the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor".

"The lower floors we went down there was more damage visible certainly than there was at the top".

Airports in both Lombok and Bali are still operational, House of Travel product and channel director Dave Fordyce said.

Eventually, they went to the airport, where they waited at the airport police post.

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen is now holidaying there with singer husband John Legend and their two children Luna, two and Miles, three months.

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