Kiwi describes 'grim' night searching for survivors after devastating Lombok natural disaster

Kiwi describes 'grim' night searching for survivors after devastating Lombok natural disaster

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels, and restaurants.

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an natural disaster, 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.

A major natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok today killed at least 19 people, injured dozens and damaged buildings, officials said.

Indonesia was hit by a massive quake Sunday that reportedly killed almost 40 people-a week after an natural disaster in the region killed more than a dozen people.

He said the group had already been staying in tents after the July 29 quake but now officials had told them to return to Java.

The natural disaster jolted the West Nusa Tenggara Province in central Indonesia at 05:47 on Sunday, local time, with the epicenter at a depth of 10 km and 28 km northwest of Lombok Timur, according to officials.

According to BMKG, there were 20 aftershocks recorded up to 20.40pm local time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had no information to suggest New Zealanders had been affected by the quake.

"New Zealand consular officials have been deployed to Bali to assist New Zealanders affected by the natural disaster".

They can also contact the New Zealand embassy if they need assistance.

Rescuers still have not reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful quake flattened houses and toppled bridges.

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"They occur all around the edges of the Pacific Ocean (and) through Indonesia", 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.

The latest quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal, where ceiling panels were shaken loose, authorities said.

In Mataram, Lombok's main city, residents described a strong jolt that sent people fleeing out of buildings.

A POWERFUL quake 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.

An American visitor in Bali said: I'm truly humbled with this Lombok quake.

Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western parts of Lombok. Around 1,000 tourists, including some Japanese, were stranded on a mountain as landslides blocked a trekking road. The tremors prompted a large-scale evacuation of a nearby volcano.

A local military official, Arifianto, told Indonesian TV that some suffered light injuries and were traumatised, but most were in good shape.

Camera IconLocals on the island of Lombok are too scared to return to their homes.

Lombok airport was also operating.

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