Dozens die as second quake hits Indonesian island in a week

Aug 06, 2018, 06:18
Dozens die as second quake hits Indonesian island in a week

According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.0 natural disaster struck early on Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5km (6 miles).

Residents in Mataram described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling out of buildings.

Bali's worldwide airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials said.

"I was watching TV when I felt a big shake", said Harian, a Lombok woman who uses one name.

Patients had to be evacuated and treated outside a hospital in Lombok's main city Mataram after electricity was knocked out across the island. Strong aftershocks ranging from 5.4- to 4.3-magnitude followed the main quake, the USGS said.

"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".

An initial tsunami warning of waves of up to half a metre was issued following the quake but later withdrawn.

Australia's home affairs minister has tweeted that he and his delegation have been safely evacuated in darkness from a Lombok hotel where they have been staying during a regional security conference.

"It was quite impossible to stand up".

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told MetroTV that the tsunami warning has ended. "A lot of people were milling in the middle of the road - I guess [they were] hoping [they would be] far enough away if the building collapsed". On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation centre.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the latest quake, which struck early Sunday evening, has the potential to trigger a tsunami.

In 2004 a 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.

Teigen and family have been staying in a house on stilts, which is a great way to enjoy Bali's handsome water, but must not feel great in an natural disaster.

It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

The Indonesian archipelago, where Lombok and Bali are located, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer (25,000-mile) area of intense seismic and volcanic activity where most of the world's earthquakes occur.