'People were screaming': Witness describes chaos when quake hit Gili Islands

'People were screaming': Witness describes chaos when quake hit Gili Islands

Authorities say foreign and Indonesian tourists are being evacuated from popular vacation islands off the northwest of Lombok following Sunday's powerful quake that killed at least 82 people.

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Most of the quake victims were away from the main tourist spots and coastal districts in the south and west, and were in the mountainous north and east of the island.

Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5,000 people and planned to intensify aid delivery.

Sutopo said the death toll had risen to 91 and more than 200 people were seriously injured. It said a tsunami was detected in the Carik and Badas areas; it however lifted the warning much later.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told MetroTV that the tsunami warning has ended.

The quake comes a week after another quake hit Lombok, a popular tourist site for its beaches and hiking trails, killing at least 16 people.

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

"Earthquake from Lombok has also been felt in Bali".

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Ali from Italy is tweeting: "My sister called me from Lombok and she was absolutely terrified, she said she was up a tree after the natural disaster and a tsunami is coming".

Ambulances, their sirens blaring, raced along the coast from north Lombok, but BNPB spokesman Nugroho said emergency units in hospitals across the island were overflowing and some patients were being treated in parking lots. "Death count is expected to increase still", the disaster management agency said.

Australia's Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, who is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting, told Fairfax Mediathat the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor".

There had been a half-hour evacuation at the Lombok airport following the quake because the electricity went off. TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the quake struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently.

"All the hotel guests were running, so I did too".

Facilities at Lombok's main airport were also unaffected, although passengers were briefly evacuated from the main terminal.

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. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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