Lombok earthquake kills at least 142 people as deadly quake hits Indonesian islands

Take That star Gary Barlow was among the tourists caught up in the magnitude-7 quake which damaged thousands of homes, obliterated bridges and forced as many as 20,000 to seek refuge in hastily assembled emergency tents.

It was the second deadly quake to strike Lombok in a week after another killed 16 and damaged hundreds of houses on July 29.

British teacher James Kelsall, 28, described scenes of utter chaos on nearby Gili Trawangan where Navy officers apparently beat locals to stop them climbing on boats to get away.

Kelsall, from Woodford Green in London, said more than 1,000 holidaymakers have been stranded on the palm-fringed island off the coast of Lombok for more than six hours today.

Speaking from a beach as he awaited evacuation, he said: "There was rumbling and then all the power went off. We ran to the beach to be clear of buildings which we could hear falling all around."

The more than 1,000 tourists stranded on the Gilis – the three tropical islands popular with backpackers and divers – were being evacuated today, according to local reports.

Frightened locals across all affected islands, particularly north Lombok, poured out of their homes and moved to higher ground after the quake triggered a Tsunami warning.

Kelsall added: "It was literally the most terrifying thing I have experienced and the uncertainty of the tsunami – I had pictures of Thailand in my head from when it happened there."






Muhammad Faozal, head of West Nusa Tenggara's tourism agency, said: "We cannot evacuate all of them all at once because we don't have enough capacity on the boats.

"It's understandable they want to leave the Gilis, they are panicking."

Some areas still hadn't been reached because rescuers have been slowed down by by collapsed bridges, electricity blackouts and damaged roads.

On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to evacuation centres, with many having to be treated outdoors because hospitals were too damaged.






More terrifying footage showed screaming people running from their homes in Bali as cars and bikes rocked shook on the roads.

While on Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation centre.

Terrified tourists, including Barlow and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, took to Twitter to reveal their horror as tremors ripped through the island.

Authorities issued a tsunami warning in the aftermath which covers North Lombok, East and North Bali, the north side of east Java, south-east Madura, south Kalimantan, and south Sulawesi.



Barlow was one of those caught up while he was on his holiday on Lombok with his family.

He had been unwinding in a peaceful retreat by meditating, pictures of which he had shared with fans on Instagram who then became worried when news broke of the quake.

After his ordeal, he tweeted: "Thank you for your concern – we’re all fine – a bit shaken up."

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

"All the hotel guests were running so I did too. People filled the streets," said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist. A lot of officials were urging people not to panic."

Model Chrissy Teigen, who is in Bali, was live tweeting in the aftermath of quake, reporting: "Bali. Trembling. So long."

Moments earlier she had written: "MASSIVE earthquake."

Dazed and confused, she then walked out of her home clutching her baby while undressed.

Other witnesses said the quake got stronger over several seconds and rattled windows and doors in their frames.

Brit holidaymaker Reuben Messam, from Bedfordshire, told Sun Online he was in a small village of Bedugul in Bali.

He said:  "We were eating dinner when the quake occurred then suddenly the floor started to shake,  people started to panic. I saw people running towards the door.

"But then someone started to shout 'get under the table' and then glasses of beer were falling off. The waiters and the waitresses said they were scared as it is very rare to have one this big.."







Tourist Hannah Small told Mirror Online: "We are saying in Ubud, our whole hotel was shaking and parts of the ceiling and walls were falling down.

"It was awful, we rushed from the third floor to reach safety!"

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

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



 

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