Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands

Indonesia Struck by 2nd Massive Earthquake in a Week

PEMENANG, Indonesia, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Rescue workers found scenes of destruction across the north of Indonesia's resort island of Lombok on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.

"This quake was certainly felt in Bali, buildings in Kuta were even damaged".

Officials initially reported that at least three people had been killed.

An quake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia on Sunday.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 50 kilometres northeast of the city Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, with a depth of 10 km.

The 47-year-old posted an update after a quake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck, the second one to have hit following a series of quakes in Lombok on July 29. "We spoke to a lot of them and they were panicking about their family in Lombok".

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Witnesses described how people could be heard screaming as locals and tourists ran onto the road.

She added: "It was very scary and we are in Bali, I can't imagine how it must've felt to those closer to Lombok".

The death toll from last weekend's powerful natural disaster on Indonesia's Lombok island rose to 131 on Wednesday as rescuers found more people crushed under collapsed buildings, though some still held out hope of finding survivors.

"Even in the capital, which is one and a half hours drive away, people are very anxious about damage to the buildings".

A nearby volcano was evacuated after the natural disaster struck.

Tourists queue to depart from the Praya Lombok International Airport on the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 6, 2018, after an quake struck the island.

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Authorities have lifted a tsunami warning that was issued after the quake struck early Sunday evening.

About 1,000 foreign and domestic tourists were evacuated in boats from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, BNPB spokesman Nugroho said via Twitter. "People filled the streets", said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist.

One day on, the usually-picturesque holiday hotspot is a scene of mayhem as panic-stricken tourists look to make their getaway as officials evacuate the islands.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating on Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

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.

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