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Powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island, 82 dead

Powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island, 82 dead

PEMENANG, Indonesia, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Rescue workers found scenes of destruction across the north of Indonesia's 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. Ensure you have your policy number to hand.

"Our hearts go out to those affected and who have lost loved ones".

MFAT say if family members have concerns about a New Zealand citizen family member, they should try to contact them directly themselves first, even via social media.

The Garuda Indonesia airline said it was adding extra flights from Lombok to help tourists leave. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".

The Gilis are three coral-fringed tropical islands a few kilometres off the northwest coast of the larger Lombok island that are popular with backpackers and divers.

An Indonesian official says at least three people have been killed after a strong natural disaster struck the popular tourist island of Lombok.

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The Indonesia agency reported that the natural disaster struck at 6:46 p.m. western Indonesian time and initially said Sunday's quake did not generate a tsunami, but within minutes put out a warning that a possible tsunami had formed off the north coast of Lombok.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters some 200 "domestic and foreign" tourists had already been taken off the islands.

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.

The quake struck Lombok at a depth of 10km, a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and briefly stranded hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano. Thousands more people were displaced as thousands of buildings were destroyed.

"This is it for me in Indonesia", she said.

"We just witnessed one of the boats get completely overfilled with tourists climbing on, with the officials trying to keep them back off the boat, pushing them and shoving them".

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An MFAT spokesperson said the Government of Indonesia is doing its best to evacuate hundreds of foreigners and locals in the area.

He was working on his laptop in his hotel room on the 10th floor when the room suddenly shook violently.

My thoughts and prayers for everyone in Lombok and Bali.

"Mate, we were knocked certainly to the floor. But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

Teigen, 32, is with her husband, singer John Legend, and their two young children Luna and Miles. One of the names she gave the baby boy was "Gempa", which means natural disaster. 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.

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