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Tourists caught up in deadly Indonesian quake; Teigen tweets from Bali

Image AP / Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency


Several people have been killed in Lombok, Indonesia after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the tourist island early on Sunday.


Damaging over 1,000 homes, the quake occurred at a depth of just 7.5kms, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.


According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, at least 162 others were injured by aftershocks, with tremors felt in Bali some 225kms away, and beyond.


Although Lombok has its fair share of seismic activity, the quake that hit on the weekend took many by surprise.


Puncak Hotel owner, Jean Paul Volchaert, told CNN Sunday’s earthquake was the strongest he’d felt on the island.


“We were still sleeping when we felt the earthquake, so we rushed outside of our building,” he said.


Foreign tourists at Rinjani Lodge - Image ABC / Sutopo Purwo Nugroho


“There was about 20 seconds of shaking, the water in the pool was making quite large waves. 


“Luckily there was no damage to our building, our neighborhood was relatively untouched, but I know there have been casualties and a lot of damage in the north of the island.


“We felt aftershocks for two hours after the initial earthquake, so we're worried that there could be more damage caused.”


The Australian Consulate General in Bali told the ABC it believed no Australians were among those affected at this point.


Bali airport remained open throughout the weekend, but the quake certainly didn’t go by unnoticed in the holiday province.


Active on social media during her family’s vacation in Bali just prior to the event, high-profile television personality Chrissy Teigen posted a message following the quake, saying “Oh my. Long earthquake here in Bali”. In a later tweet, she wrote, “Oh don't mind us just more earthquakes over here”.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 30 July 2018

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