Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 39 dead

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 39 dead

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 39 dead

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta was working to get more information following today's quake on the island.

There are now nine New Zealanders registered as being on Lombok.

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

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"The police officers there were kind", he said, though the airport was chaotic with a lot of people.

A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong quake, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Bali's global airport suffered damage inside the terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials said.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Monday (Aug 6) that he and the Singapore delegation were waiting for a flight out of Lombok, after the Indonesian island was hit by a 6.9-magnitude quake.

Teigen and family have been staying in a house on stilts, which is a great way to enjoy Bali's attractive water, but must not feel great in an natural disaster.

It comes a week after another quake hit Lombok, a popular tourist site for its beaches and hiking trails, killing at least 16 people.

"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking", one resident named as Iman said.

"All the hotel guests were running, so I did too".

In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said many buildings were thought to have been affected in Lombok's main city of Mataram.

People were left standing and sleeping outside their homes after the quake and patients in hospitals had been moved outside for safety.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation. There had been a half-hour evacuation at the Lombok airport following the quake because the electricity went off. TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.

All New Zealanders on Lombok are being advised to register their details on the ministry's safe travel website and let their families in New Zealand know that they are safe.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December of 2004, the Boxing Day natural disaster and ensuing tsunami killed 230,000 people across more than 10 countries.

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