Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rescuers dig through quake rubble for aunt of Indonesian sprint star

Rescuers dig through quake rubble for aunt of Indonesian sprint star

The north of Lombok has been devastated by the magnitude-7.0 quake that struck on Sunday night, killing more than 100 people, seriously injuring more than 230 and destroying thousands of buildings.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

Locals view the devastation of a collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

The death toll now sits at 98, but that number is expected to climb as the natural disaster response continues.

Almost 2,500 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

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"We're pushing about 40 hours without sleep", Montgomery-Lay said.

The hotel where they were staying, which Montgomery-Lay said is about 40 kilometres from the epicentre of the natural disaster, was evacuated for most of Sunday night so staff could ensure it's was structurally sound.

"Most foreign tourists have been evacuated", Yusuf Latif, national search and rescue team spokesman, told AFP. Amid collapsed homes, most hotels seemed to have shut and beaches were deserted.

The mother-of-two said they were able to find accommodation in Bali and now have to rethink their travel plans after losing many of their possessions when they fled the quake.

Official advcie reads: "If you're planning to travel to Bali, Lombok or the Gili Islands in the coming days, you should keep your travel plans under close review and seek the advice of your transport and accommodation providers before travelling, and ensure that you have contingency plans and travel insurance in place".

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'.

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck.

This reporter saw collapsed buildings, damaged roads, broken water pipes and crushed vehicles, and met survivors who shared stories of hope and despair.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

Lombok, which is located east of Bali and makes up part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, is a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.

It is feared that up to 50 worshippers were trapped when the large Jabal Nur mosque in the village of Lading-Lading in the north of Lombok was flattened by the 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday.

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.

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Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

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