Second Lombok natural disaster: scaling up emergency response

Indonesia Struck by 2nd Massive Earthquake in a Week

Indonesia evacuated hundreds of tourists from popular resorts and sent rescuers fanning across the holiday island of Lombok after a powerful quake killed at least 91 people and reduced thousands of buildings to rubble.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildings.

"There are reports. that there are people buried alive, it is a critical time for immediate evacuation", he added, without giving details.

An quake measuring 6.9 points occurred yesterday afternoon, August 5, near the island of Lombok.

The video showed the Imam remaining focused on leading the prayer, as the 7.0 magnitude quake hit the mosque, he was praying in, reports New Straits Times.

"We have seen a lot of severe injuries, a lot of broken limbs but also a lot of head injuries where people got injured from falling debris".

A POWERFUL natural disaster which ripped through Lombok in Indonesia, killing at least 142 people, was caused by the same tectonic movement that led to the eruption of Bali's Mount Agung this year.

Nugroho said more than 20,000 people had been displaced.

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The Minister, who is attending a security conference in Mataram, Lombok, described the situation in an update on Monday.

Patients are evacuated outside to the Mataram City hospital parking lot after a strong natural disaster in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

"Most of the victims died after being struck by collapsing buildings", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

According to Indonesia's Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the Disaster Management Department, the number of those displaced by the quake has risen to 20,000. The warning was lifted on Sunday after only small waves were recorded. "People filled the streets", said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel work on a collapsed mosque in Pemenang, North Lombok on August 6, 2018, the day after a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster struck the area.

"Throughout the entire process, there's been no official information, it's all been what you hear from the locals", he said.

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.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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