Lombok quake deaths rise to 91, "massive" damage

Lombok quake deaths rise to 91,

She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimeters (6 inches) high were detected in three villages.

The quake killed at least 39 people on the tourist island of Lombok, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) from Bali. "We can't dive, we can't do anything so we will go to another island", he said.

More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Lombok since the quake, which was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali.

A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong quake, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Agung Pramuja, head of the Disaster Mitigation Agency in the West Nusa Tenggara province which includes Lombok and neighbouring islands but not Bali, told Reuters 32 people were confirmed dead, many from northern and western parts of Lombok.

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.

"It was quite impossible to stand up". Heard screams. Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking.

The Malaysian embassy has advised Malaysians in Lombok to remain in safe places and avoid high-risk areas, including damaged buildings. "Lots of cracks, fallen doors".




The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

"I think for a lot of people, in particular some of the other delegates there at the conference, they hadn't experienced an natural disaster before and it was pretty terrifying and because we were at the top of the building it was shaking a lot, a lot of things falling over".

A 6.9-magnitude quake hit Indonesia's Lombok island today at around 5:16 PM local time. "The lamp was shaking, and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off".

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

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that the budget airline would try to lay on extra flights, while Indonesian budget carriers Lion Air and Citilink said there had been a jump in demand for outbound flights from Lombok and Bali.

Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

The country's disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea.

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