Tourists flee Indonesia's Lombok island after natural disaster kills 98

Tourists flee Indonesia's Lombok island after natural disaster kills 98

Emergency teams have been evacuating hundreds of holidaymakers from the Indonesian island of Lombok after a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster struck on Sunday, killing at least 91 people and injuring more than 200.

Today a second strong quake, measuring 5.2, hit the island region, hampering rebuilding and evacuation efforts.

Latest reports from authorities said that at least 91 people had been killed in the latest natural disaster.

The tourists have been moved from the quake-affected islands and rescue operations are underway.

Tweets report about the major 7.1 earthquakes in Lombok that triggered widespread panic and a tsunami warning.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said that more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after Sunday evening's quake, whose magnitude the US Geological Survey revised down to 6.9 from an original 7.0. Garuda Indonesia flights to and from Bali were also running according to schedule. Officials are still searching for missing people among the rubble and estimate that the number of dead and injured persons will climb.

His wife Maude, 44, said the family was on Bali for the first quake and Lombok for the second. Numerous buildings that collapsed this afternoon were built with shoddy materials according to a member of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency that spoke with AFP news.

As hopes of finding more survivors faded, a humanitarian crisis loomed for thousands left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

The powerful quake struck the popular resort island of Lombok Indonesia and was felt on Bali, just to the west of the Island according to Indonesia's national Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

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Two people died on the neighbouring island of Bali, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran", said Australian tourist Kim Liebelt as he waited with other travellers for a flight out at Lombok's worldwide airport.

Patients at the city hospital, and also at Denpasar hospital in Bali, were evacuated and tended to by doctors in the streets.

A nearby volcano was evacuated after the quake struck.

A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an quake hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018.

She live tweeted the quake to her 10.6m followers.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2004, a devastating tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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