900 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands

Magnitude 7 quake rocks Indonesia and prompts tsunami warning

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia a Week After Another Deadly Temblor

The powerful natural disaster struck the popular resort island of Lombok Indonesia and was felt on Bali, just to the west of the Island according to Indonesia's national Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Lombok, a volcanic island that towers over the flatter Gilis, bore the brunt of yesterday's quake, with the vast majority of deaths occurring there.

It was also felt in Sumbawa Island, to the east of Lombok according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Board; twelve aftershocks followed the quake. In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

Travellers at the global airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.

Numerous injured are being treated outside health centers and hospitals due to structural damage to these buildings.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he was "very lucky" to escape a deadly quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok unharmed.

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.

Two days after the quake, rescuers were still struggling to reach all the affected areas and authorities expected the death toll to rise.

"We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt a really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran", Australian tourist Kim Liebelt said as he waited with other travellers for a flight out at Lombok's worldwide airport.

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

It is to be noted that the Lombok airport will be operating around the clock and the flight schedule has been increased for easy evacuation and safety of tourists.

"They were initially just little shocks but then they started to get bigger and bigger and people started to shout "earthquake", then all the staff panicked and rushed out of the building", the unnamed man said.

The video showed the Imam remaining focused on leading the prayer, as the 7.0 magnitude natural disaster hit the mosque, he was praying in, reports New Straits Times.

Those who took out travel insurance before news of the quakes hit mainstream media will likely be covered if they decide to cancel their trips.

The travel agency is working with customers now in or set to travel to Lombok to help them adjust and rebook their travel arrangements, she said.

As we got to the hotel - people were running out.

A 6.9 magnitude natural disaster hit Indonesia Sunday night, one week after the nation experienced a 6.4 magnitude quake, which killed 15 and injured 162 people.

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