At Least 39 Dead After Magnitude 7.0 Quake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Region

Tsunami warning after 7.0 M earthquake off Lombok island - Indonesian geological agency

Some areas still hadn't been reached, with rescuers hampered by collapsed bridges, electricity blackouts and damaged roads blocked with debris. Earlier officials said at least 39 people had died.

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.

A woman walks past debris from a collapsed wall following a strong natural disaster in Lendang Bajur Hamlet, Lombok island, indonesia August 6, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

The quake struck Lombok at a depth of 10km, a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and briefly stranded hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano. "People filled the streets", said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist.

"There was certainly a lot of structural damage to the building".

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Agung Pramuja, head of the Disaster Mitigation Agency in the West Nusa Tenggara province which includes Lombok and neighbouring islands but not Bali, told Reuters 32 people were confirmed dead, many from northern and western parts of Lombok.

A tsunami warning was issued after the quake, but was called off after Indonesian officials recorded waves of just 15cm at several at-risk locations.

He told Sunrise they were also in a Bali last week when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck but said this one felt a lot bigger.

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

A joint search and rescue team was evacuating hundreds of tourists from three popular vacation islands off the northwest of Lombok.

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Along with some aftershocks, he said there was damage visible but there were no fatalities or major injuries around him.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media that he was on the hotel's 12th floor when the quake struck. He said the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor" and cut power.

Bali's worldwide airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials 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. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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