91 killed as Lombok is hit by new natural disaster

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And residents in Bali stand outside their homes after the natural disaster was felt for several seconds.

A powerful quake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok, killing at least 17 people.

"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".

About 1,000 foreign and domestic tourists were evacuated in boats from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, BNPB spokesman Nugroho said via Twitter.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning and frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

Sutopo said there were no fatalities among the local and foreign tourists and a joint search and rescue team had deployed three ships to evacuate people.

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The tremor was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali where, according to BNPB, two people died.

"We are fighting for boats now".

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley with his leg bandaged.

Most of the people in Lombok lost power. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and 20,000 people are in temporary shelters. Many victims were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.

Patients lay on beds under makeshift wards sent up in tents, surrounded by drip stands and monitors, as doctors in blue scrubs attended to them.

A 6.4-magnitude natural disaster shook the island on July 29, which claimed lives of more than a dozen people.

The main tourist areas of Lombok in the south and west of the island appear to have been spared the worst of the damage.

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Najmul Akhyar, the head of North Lombok district, estimated that 80 percent of that region was damaged by the quake. "We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Australian radio.

But some afraid tourists were already trying to leave. 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.

"Later I stopped a vehicle and I asked a local please take me and my family to the airport and he said "okay no problem'".

K Shanmugam, Singapore's law and home affairs minister, who was in the town of Mataram on Lombok, wrote on Facebook that his tenth-floor hotel room had shaken violently and the walls cracked.

"It was quite impossible to stand up".

Bali's worldwide airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials said.

Indonesia sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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