Friday, 17 August, 2018

Indonesia quake: Lombok hit by SECOND natural disaster today - Bali rattled

Indonesia 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia a Week After Another Deadly Temblor
Ellis Copeland | 10 August, 2018, 04:17

An shallow natural disaster measuring 7.0 struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, killing dozens of people and injuring many more, authorities said on Monday. Ensure you have your policy number to hand.

"This quake was certainly felt in Bali, buildings in Kuta were even damaged".

"Our hearts go out to those affected and who have lost loved ones".

"I guess the question for the Balinese people who rely very heavily on tourism is, is the combination of all these factors adding in the terrorism risk, is that enough to deter people and I guess we really don't know the answer to that question".

I Made Suprateka, a spokesman for Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), said the state utility company is sending personnel and equipment from East Java and Bali to help restore power in East and North Lombok.

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

The Gilis are three coral-fringed tropical islands popular with backpackers and divers, a few kilometres off the northwest coast of the larger Lombok island.

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

Following a 7.0-magnitude quake that struck Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday evening, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced a 50 percent discount on its cargo services for aid supplies to the island.

CNN quoted National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho saying that 689 people were trapped on and around the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain following the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake that struck Sunday morning. A Tsunami warning posted then lifted after the initial quake, might be reinstated to cope with the tragedy.

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Indonesia's Sunday 6.4-magnitude quake on the island of Lombok has killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 others.

"Later I stopped a vehicle and I asked a local to please take me and my family to the airport and he said "Okay no problem".

"We are aware that the Indonesian authorities are allocating additional resource to the evacuations, including on Gili Trawangan". On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Now to urgently evacuate tourists.

The agency warned all of the numbers were likely to increase as search operations continued Monday.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was in Lombok for a security conference when the quake struck.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media that he was on the hotel's 12th floor when the quake struck.

My thoughts and prayers for everyone in Lombok and Bali. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty. "But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

Chrissy, her husband John Legend and the couple's two children, two-year-old daughter Luna and baby son Miles, have been enjoying a family holiday in Bali.

She live tweeted the quake to her 10.6m followers.

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