Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 82 dead

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 82 dead

A person injured during a strong quake waits for treatment outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients who were evacuated, in Mataram, Lombok island, August 5, 2018.

A Dunedin man on holiday with his young family in Bali has described the moment a deadly magnitude 7.0 quake struck the neighbouring island of Lombok.

"Following the natural disaster, people in Bali and Lombok are advised to be aware of the ongoing aftershocks and to avoid any damaged buildings, or fallen power lines". However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a metre was later withdrawn.

Memories of the devastating 2004 tsunami which claimed 168,000 lives in Indonesia remain raw in the vast archipelago nation.

There are reports that one Australian man's house was destroyed in Senggigi in northwest Lombok after it collapsed, but that the man, his wife and son were safe having previously fled up a mountain to wait out tsunami warnings.

The death toll jumped from 37 hours earlier as the scale of the destruction began to emerge overnight.

It was the second quake to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world, in a week. Hundreds of people have been taken to local hospitals and thousands of homes have been damaged, he said. Many buildings had been affected, debris is littering the streets and the power is out in many parts of the main city Mataram.

"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking", Iman, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP.

Patients are evacuated outside to the Mataram City hospital parking lot after a strong quake in Mataram, Lombok island.

Ms Epper said there are broken temples, broken walls and broken houses everywhere in her village.

An Australian tourist who felt the impact of the deadly Indonesian quake has described the scenes of panic and chaos as he and his partner attempted to find their way out of their Bali hotel.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Monday that search and rescue teams are still evacuating people and the number of victims is expected to rise, the agency said.

Facilities at Lombok´s main airport were also unaffected, although passengers were briefly evacuated from the main terminal.

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

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