Monday, 19 November, 2018

Tourists in Bali and Lombok: Powerless and scared after 7.1 quake

A magnitude 7 earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok A magnitude 7 earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok
Ebony Burgess | 08 August, 2018, 16:53

At least 82 people have been killed after a powerful quake measuring 7 on the Richter scale jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok, officials said.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighbouring holiday island of Bali.

The jolt forced thousands of people to flee homes and evacuation of the quake-affected people was underway, spokesman for national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said. "It was quite impossible to stand up", he said. "Heard screams", he wrote. "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview. Here I am on vacation, enjoying life in Bali and suddenly this thing happened.it's SO close I'm genuinely terrified.it just went through my head how lucky and powerless I am. "Lots of cracks, fallen doors".

By far, a total of 47 aftershocks followed the 7.0-magnitude shock which struck at 18:46 p.m. Jakarta time (1146 GMT) with the epicenter at 18 km northwest Lombok Timur district and shallow of 15 km under-earth, official of the meteorology and geophysics agency, Yusuf Khaidar Ali, told Xinhua over phone. A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's magnitude 7.0 tremor, killing those inside.

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

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Airports on both Lombok and Bali are both operating normally despite some minor damage - at Bali's Denpasar airport some ceiling panels were shaken loose by the tremors. The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildings.

"People panicked and scattered on the streets, and buildings and houses that had been damaged by the previous natural disaster had become more damaged and collapsed", Nugroho said.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighborhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded the death toll from Lombok quake on Sunday, August 5, the toll had increased to 91 people.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning and frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

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