Indonesia quake: Death toll mounts to 98


At least 91 people have died and dozens are injured following a 6.4 magnitude quake in Lombok Indonesia.

The US Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.9 quake occurred shortly before 8 PM local time on Sunday.

Justice Minister Andrew Little was in Indonesia when a magnitude 7.0 quake hit Lombak overnight, killing more than 80 people.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

"We are getting some aid from volunteers but we don't have proper tents yet", said a 50-year-old villager sheltering with his wife and children, who gave his name only as Marhun.

These are tweets from Bali and Lombok, both major tourist destinations in Indonesia are coming from visitors in panic. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

"I guess the question for the Balinese people who rely very heavily on tourism is, is the combination of all these factors adding in the terrorism risk, is that enough to deter people and I guess we really don't know the answer to that question".

An natural disaster measuring 6.9 points occurred yesterday afternoon, August 5, near the island of Lombok.

The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok.

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It was also felt strongly in the neighbouring Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in the world's largest Muslim majority nation.

"Mate, we were knocked certainly to the floor".

The cookbook author even found time to throw in some humour - in the most Chrissy Teigen way - as she revealed that she stumbled outside with her baby saying, 'I'm naked.

The white-robed Islamic leader was preaching on Sunday night at a mosque in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck. Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us".

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.

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.

An quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale in the Sumbawa region of Indonesia was felt in Bali.

Mr Evans said as he tried to get to the hills as fast as he could, he heard the waves "crashing against the beach".

The Indonesian tourist island of Lombok has been hit by its second deadly natural disaster in a week, that has flattened houses and toppled bridges.