Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Indonesia quake: Tourists 'are being charged' to be evacuated from islands

Indonesia quake: Tourists 'are being charged' to be evacuated from islands

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday evening, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights added by airlines and some on ferries to Bali.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok, a less-developed island compared with its more famous neighbor Bali, where the strong tremors caused panic and damaged buildings.

Saffron Amis, a British student on Gili Trawangan - the largest of the islands that are fringed by white beaches and surrounded by turquoise sea - said there were at least 200 people stranded there and others were still arriving from the other two, Gili Air and Gili Meno.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated.

A man looks on around the buildings damaged by an quake at Pamenang village, in North Lombok.

This video shows hundreds of people being evacuated from the Gili Islands, an archipelago near northwest Lombok, on Monday, August 6, after the natural disaster.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) told reporters in Jakarta.

Visiting the island as a "bucket-list" trip for their daughter Logan, who has cancer, the family felt trapped in their hotel room as more than 130 aftershocks hit the island following the quake.

The disaster agency says the overall death toll has risen to 105 and will continue to increase.

Lombok airport is packed with tourists trying to leave but locals must stay to pick up the pieces, bury the dead and rebuild their shattered lives.


Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.

Sengiggi, a seaside tourist strip on Lombok, looked abandoned.

Salama, 52, was at a prayer class in the Karangpangsor village mosque when the quake struck.

"It was quite impossible to stand up. I heard her scream my name and I found her pinned by the falling wall". "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview. Power went out for a while. "Lots of cracks, fallen doors".

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, was also on Lombok.

Montgomery-Lay said parts of the hotel crumbled and glass from a balcony fell on a woman who was swimming in the hotel's pool, cutting her leg. At least 98 people have been killed, with many more missing. A distraught Muhamad Juanda said on Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque".

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

The Bali and Lombok airports have remained open.

That's because the region sits smack-dab along the so-called ring of fire-an imaginary, horseshoe-shape line that follows the rim of the Pacific Ocean and marks spots where several tectonic plates collide.

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