Australian minister evacuated from Lombok hotel

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2018

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

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

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

More than 200 people were seriously injured.

Hundreds of people have been taken to local hospitals and thousands of homes have been damaged, said Arifin Muhammad Hadi, head of disaster management of the Indonesian Red Cross Society.

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and those displaced camped wherever they could - in sports fields and on roadsides, cobbling together ramshackle shelters and building campfires for warmth.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said emergency units in its hospitals were overflowing and some patients were being treated in parking lots. One survivor said people were injured by falling debris.

The warning was lifted on Sunday after only small waves were recorded.

Boats have also been sent to evacuate the more than 1,000 tourists on the nearby Gili islands, a group of islands situated north-west of Lombok popular with divers and backpackers.

"All New Zealanders in Lombok are advised to register their details on, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and let their family in New Zealand know they are okay".

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley with his leg bandaged.

"We then found out this morning that Gili T [Trawangan], Gili Meno and Gili Air were being evacuated by the Navy".

Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the natural disaster on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton was on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel at the time of the quake. He says the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor" and cut power.

Airports on both Lombok and Bali are both operating normally despite some minor damage - at Bali's Denpasar airport some ceiling panels were shaken loose by the tremors.

"So eventually we went to the airport, and waited in the airport police post".

American singer John Legend and his wife, model and TV star Chrissy Teigen, are also on holiday in Indonesia and have shared updates on social media.

"Bali. Trembling. So long", Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers.

'MASSIVE quake, oh my god, ' she wrote.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

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