7.0 earthquake rocks Indonesian island, tsunami warning issued

7.0 earthquake rocks Indonesian island, tsunami warning issued

7.0 earthquake rocks Indonesian island, tsunami warning issued

One of Indonesia's most popular tourist islands has been rocked by a devastating natural disaster that's left dozens dead and damaged thousands of homes.

A magnitude 7 natural disaster has struck an island off the coast of Indonesia killing at least 37 people and injured dozens of others.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that damage was "massive" in the north of Lombok.

People could be heard screaming as locals and tourists ran onto the road.

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.

'We can not evacuate all of them all at once because we don't have enough capacity on the boats, ' Muhammad Faozal, of West Nusa Tenggara's tourism agency, told AFP.

"We are fighting for boats now".

Model Chrissy Teigen, who is also on holiday in Bali, described her shock at the incident in a series of tweets.

But it was Lombok which bore the brunt of Sunday evening´s quake.

About 1000 tourists have been evacuated from the Gili Islands off Lombok as aftershocks continue to rattle the region.

It was the second quake to hit the island in a week.

Makeshift wards were set up to treat patients in tents surrounded by drip stands and monitros while the doctors attended them.

"We went to the reception of our hotel but they weren't telling us what we should do".

Outside the hospital, the rubble-strewn streets of Mataram were empty, save for a few survivors picking nervously through the ruins.

This morning's tremors were felt more than 40 miles away on popular tourist hotspot Bali.

"We are still gathering together in the dark without any electricity." said Najmul Akhyar, the head of North Lombok district.

By nightfall they were pulling out, saying other areas, including another collapsed mosque, needed their heavy equipment and workers more urgently.

As authorities scrambled to assess the extent of damage in Lombok, some tourists were trying to leave.

Eventually, they went to the airport, where they waited at the airport police post.

"Later I stopped a vehicle and I asked a local to please take me and my family to the airport and he said "Okay no problem".

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in Mataram when the quake struck, said that his room shook violently and walls cracked.

Mr Dutton said parts of the building were falling down and large cracks appeared on the facade.

The tremors were also felt in Bali, where damaged buildings included a department store and the airport terminal, the AP reported.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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