Rescuers struggling to reach survivors of deadly Indonesian natural disaster

  • Rescuers struggling to reach survivors of deadly Indonesian natural disaster

Rescuers struggling to reach survivors of deadly Indonesian natural disaster

The natural disaster, initially reported to be of 7.0-magnitude before the U.S. Geological Service downgraded it to a 6.9, struck the island of Lombok-a popular spot with tourists-where last week's quake also hit.

Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok were hit by a magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's temblor, killing those inside.

Lombok is a popular tourist destination east of Bali.

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

The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that 89 of the victims died on Lombok Island and two on nearby Bali Island.

The strong tremor, which sent people running in panic from homes and hotels in the early morning.

The pressure that caused the Lombok quake was created by the Australian plate pushing northwards into the Indonesian plate.

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

In his post, Mr Shanmugam said that he is now waiting for a flight out of Lombok and thanked everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers.

Visitors and locals in Bali and Lombok are in a state of panic after a 7.1 natural disaster and following strong aftershocks hit the resort islands Sunday night.

The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok.

Model Chrissy Teigen, who was in Bali with singer-husband John Legend and their two children, live-tweeted the shaking.

She wrote: "I'm either still trembling or these little quakes won't stop. Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us".

Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the quake on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying.

"Walls cracked, it was quite impossible to stand up", he said.

"As always, we recommend taking out travel insurance at the time of booking your trip, to ensure you are covered for instances such as this", White says.

Officials said patients were evacuated from the main hospital.

Plan International in Indonesia has a focus on the wellbeing of children and parents and has responded quickly and effectively to support children and communities affected by emergencies in recent emergencies in the country, including the Mt Sinabung and Mt Raung volcano eruptions, and the Aceh quake.

Officials said more than 2,000 people had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where fears of another tsunami spread.