Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lombok quake deaths rise to 91, "massive" damage

Lombok quake deaths rise to 91,

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an quake, killing at least 105 people on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless villagers waited for aid on Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels.

The quake, measured at a magnitude of 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and a still-powerful 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5 kilometres (6 miles) in the northern part of Lombok. Strong aftershocks ranging from 5.4- to 4.3-magnitude followed the main quake, the USGS said.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from buildings into outdoor shelters. The warning was lifted on Sunday after only small waves were recorded.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, in Lombok for a regional security meeting, said he and his delegation were in their hotel's 12th floor restaurant when the quake struck, plunging the building into darkness.

The powerful quake has killed at least 82 people and wounded hundreds, with thousands of buildings also left damaged. It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

A video of an Indonesian imam stoically reciting evening prayers in Bali as a deadly quake struck neighbouring Lombok has gone viral on social media, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith.

The death toll stood at 91 and was expected to rise further, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday.

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.

"I've just been to two first-aid sections, one has got people who are still alive, the other one has got a few dead bodies in it".

A French tourist, who gave his name as Jina, told local broadcaster Metro TV, he had tried to rush to Lombok's main airport.

A second powerful quake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, less than a week after the first.

"People were just throwing their suitcases on board and I had to struggle to get my husband on because he was bleeding", said Thompson, whose husband was treated for cuts on his head and legs when they arrived back on Lombok.

"Mate, we were knocked certainly to the floor".

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was in Lombok for a security conference when the natural disaster struck. Lombok airport was also operating.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Rescuers are still struggling to reach survivors of the deadly Indonesian natural disaster that has killed at least 91 people.

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