Indonesia island of Lombok hit by powerful natural disaster

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

Earthquake in Lombok: 7.0 Magnitude Quake Rocks the Tourist Island in Indonesia Again

The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5 kilometres in the northern part of Lombok.

An Australian tourist who felt the impact of the deadly Indonesian natural disaster has described the scenes of panic and chaos as he and his partner attempted to find their way out of their Bali hotel. Here's what travellers need to know.

At least 32 people were killed on Sunday when Indonesia's resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 quake.

It was the second quake to hit Lombok in a week.

This file photo from July 29 shows the destruction from the first quake that struck Lombok.

The epicenter was on land 18km northwest of East Lombok, near where the previous quake struck a week ago.

In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said authorities believe it may have caused damage in the city of Mataram, on Lombok's western coast.

Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani after the July 29 natural disaster.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta was working to get more information following today's natural disaster on the island.

"There are now 447 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in Indonesia and 9 registered as being in Lombok", they say.

"New Zealanders requiring consular assistance can call the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta on (+ 62 21) 2995 5800".

Famous for their picturesque beaches and mountains, buildings in Lombok and Bali height restrictions keep buildings from exceeding the height of coconut trees, the AP reports.

Indonesian soldiers and rescue teams preparing to evacuate tourists from Mount Rinjani on July 30, 2018.

Travelers 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.

There is also widespread damage to residential and other buildings.

Overall 447 New Zealanders are registered as being in Indonesia. It was also felt on Bali to the west.

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Najmul Akhyar, district chief of North Lombok, told MetroTV that there was an electrical blackout so he was unable to assess the entire situation, but that at least three people had been killed.

Mataram residents described a powerful jolt that sent people fleeing from buildings.

Hotels and resorts in Lombok appear to be operating as normal but some visitors have chosen to leave, Matson said.

Mt Rinjani National Park, a popular trekking destination with tourists, remains closed due to the risk of landslides, Matson said.

It comes a week after another tremor killed 16 people and injured dozens more on Lombok.

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