Indonesian Quake Victims Shelter in Makeshift Tents; Tourists Evacuate

Indonesian Quake Victims Shelter in Makeshift Tents; Tourists Evacuate

She said: 'Another aftershock just now. probably the 8th one we have felt since the big one last night. we are safe, up high and nothing around us. thinking about everyone around us and in Lombok especially'.

Sunday's quake, recorded at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey (revised down from 7.0), struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers in the northern part of Lombok, triggering a brief tsunami warning.

THE rescue team had done everything it could to recover the body of a man killed instantly when a massive quake brought down his home on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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.

Rescuers have struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.

Power and communications were severed in some areas, with landslides and a collapsed bridge blocking access to areas around the epicenter in the north.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified. But these are not criminals seeking to take advantage of the chaos, just people taking food, water and supplies as they start to dwindle. It's hard for help to reach them.

"We remember your people in our thoughts and our prayers".

On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the agency said.

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The death toll from a powerful natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

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Four hours later they pulled out alive Nadia Revanale, 23.

"The government did give us aid, rice, noodles, and tarpaulin after the first quake [on July 29, which was magnitude 6.4], but it wasn't enough, there were too many of us", he said.

Early in the morning they heard a weak voice coming from under the pile of bricks and mangled steel bars of a two-storey mosque in Pemenang, where four people were believed to have been trapped.

They used hacksaws to cut a square into concrete wall. "We are waiting for heavier equipment", Teddy Aditya, an official of the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), told Reuters.

Indonesia sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated more than 2000 tourists.

In the villages of northern Lombok, close to the epicentre of Sunday night's quake, it is clear the government has been slow to reach some of the hardest hit areas due to a lack of infrastructure.

"Very quickly I shouted to the kids to run outside", Rye resident Boukje Van Den Bosch-Schmits told us by phone.

The island is popular with tourists and now about 1,000 foreign visitors have been evacuated to nearby islands.