Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 7.0 earthquake hits Bali

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 7.0 earthquake hits Bali

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 7.0 earthquake hits Bali

One of Indonesia's most popular tourist islands has been rocked by a devastating quake that's left dozens dead and damaged thousands of homes.

A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said many buildings had been affected in Lombok's main city of Mataram, majority built with weak construction materials.

"Many injured people are being treated outside of hospitals and health clinics because the buildings were damaged", Nugroho said.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside. Four agencies including the military and the national search and rescue agency are involved in the evacuation. The National Board for Disaster Management said there was an urgent need for ready-to-eat food, mineral water, blankets, clothes and other basic necessities. Most of the deaths were caused by collapsing houses. There are parts of Lombok without power, he said.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton was on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel at the time of the quake.

Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo told authorities to help foreign tourists get home. The quake comes just a week after last deadly natural disaster.

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen is now holidaying there with singer husband John Legend and their two children Luna, two and Miles, three months.

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"Bali. Trembling. So long", Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers. On top of it, this quake triggered a tsunami warning.

The aftershocks unnerved Teigen, too.

Australian actress Teresa Palmer is among a number of celebrities holidaying on Bali who tweeted about the magnitude 7.0 natural disaster that struck on nearby Lombok island.

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

Mr Little told Morning Report the natural disaster had left some of the conference delegates shaken.

"This is an uncertain time for the people of Lombok and Indonesia - as well as those travelling there", White says. Many got out but dozens were trapped, he said.

Despite the island's status as a tourist location, officials said everyone who died was an Indonesian citizen.

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Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

"We are still gathering together in the dark without any electricity." said Najmul Akhyar, the head of North Lombok district.

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

Indonesia was hit by a massive quake Sunday that reportedly killed almost 40 people-a week after an natural disaster in the region killed more than a dozen people.

The island was further rattled by a magnitude 5.2 quake on Monday evening.

She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimeters (6 inches) high were detected in three villages.

The north of Lombok has been devastated by the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck on Sunday night injuring more than 230 and destroying thousands of buildings.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

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