Lombok Bali natural disaster: Tourists board evacuation boats in Dunkirk-style chaos

The earthwuake sent shockwaves maeasuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

The earthwuake sent shockwaves measuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a powerful natural disaster Sunday, prompting a tsunami warning and panic among tourists and residents.

Not less than 17 people were reported dead due to the 6.4 magnitude quake leaving damaged buildings in hundreds of numbers besides triggering landslides that trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

At least 209 people were injured.

She added: "It was very scary and we are in Bali, I can't imagine how it must've felt to those closer to Lombok".

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.

In the neighbouring island of Bali, video footage showed people running from their homes screaming.

Images from Bali after an natural disaster hit Lombok.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to Bali.

Carlos Romartinez, a 24-year-old Spaniard who was also waiting for a flight out of Lombok, said he had made a decision to head instead to the island of Flores to the east.

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"We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Sydney radio 2GB on Monday.

The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok.

The 6.9 magnitude quake forced thousands of Lombok residents and tourists run for their life outdoors and they had to spent the night outside as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3 magnitude continued to rattle the island. And now I can't contact her.

Mr Evans said as he tried to get to the hills as fast as he could, he heard the waves "crashing against the beach". We are staying in a treehouse and it was swaying like insane.

Australia's home affairs minister tweeted that he and his delegation were safely evacuated in darkness from a Lombok hotel where they have been staying during a regional security conference.

Nugroho said authorities had deployed three ships to evacuate people.

Another said: "Not so big as yesterday but was quite sustained".

"There have been a number of events worldwide recently, such as earthquakes, cyclones and volcanoes which highlights the importance of travel insurance and we recommend anyone soon to travel overseas make sure they purchase travel insurance at the time of booking", Matson said.

"One Indonesian tourist died in Gili Meno, several were injured, mostly suffering from broken bones", rescue official Agus Hendra Sanjaya told AFP, referencing the middle island.

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