Iran Sympathizes with Indonesia over Fatal Quake

The earthwuake sent shockwaves maeasuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

Rescue workers found chaos and destruction across the Indonesian resort island of Lombok on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.

A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an quake hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018.

After a 6.1 quake on July 28 that killed many on the Indonesian Tourist Island of Lombok a 7.1-magnitude natural disaster on Sunday night made this situation so much worse.

Indonesian authorities have lifted a tsunami warning that was issued after a strong quake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, and even hospitals were affected. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them.

"There are challenges: the roads were damaged, three bridges were also damaged, some locations are hard to reach and we don't have enough personnel", said Nugroho.

Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 98, after warning earlier that it would "definitely increase".

"By the time I thought "This is going on a bit long" there were too many people under the table for me to join them but it stopped shortly after that".

Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and 20,000 people were in temporary shelters.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10km (6.21 miles) underground. The quake claimed more than a dozen lives.

Most of the victims were on the northern side of Lombok, near the epicentre of the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit in the early evening of Sunday.

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

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighbourhood and vehicles rocking.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said emergency units in its hospitals were overflowing and some patients were being treated in parking lots.

He said they were working through the night helping people who had been injured. A Tsunami warning posted then lifted after the initial quake, might be reinstated to cope with the tragedy.

Most Kiwi visitors fly into Denpasar airport in Bali, which is just a short flight or boat ride from Lombok, she said. "Many of us screamed hysterically".

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

He says customers who took out policies with Southern Cross Travel Insurance up to 9am on August 6, 2018 (AEST) are covered for disruptions to their travel as a result of the natural disaster.

"All New Zealanders in Lombok are advised to register their details on safetravel.govt.nz, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and let their family in New Zealand know they are okay".

Teigen said the island was experiencing aftershocks and she walked outside naked holding her newborn son.

Plan International Indonesia spokeswoman Dini Widiastuti said the staff immediately sprang into action to assist with the evacuation to higher ground.

"Tourists report terrifying tremors".

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

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. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty. "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview. "But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

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