Thousands of people evacuate after tsunami warning in Lombok Island

A second earthquake has hit Lombok one week after the first struck the popular destination island

A second earthquake has hit Lombok one week after the first struck the popular destination island

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A powerful natural disaster flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb.

A person evacuated to the parking lot outside the Mataram City hospital with other patients, following a strong quake, is seen in Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia August 5, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

This file photo from July 29 shows the destruction from the first quake that struck Lombok. In addition, the epicenter is very close to the northern area of the island.

After the natural disaster, a tsunami was detected with a height of 0.135 m in Carik at 6:48 p.m. local time with an altitude of 0.100 m at 6:54 p.m.

According to BMKG, there were 20 aftershocks recorded up to 20.40pm local time.

A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said many buildings had been affected in Lombok's main city of Mataram, majority built with weak construction materials.

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Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani after the July 29 natural disaster.

His government issued a travel notice, advising citizens to defer travel to Lombok and urging those now there to leave.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said New Zealand's Embassy in Jakarta was responding to the quake.

MFAT also advises all New Zealanders in Indonesia to register their details on SafeTravel and to follow any instructions issued by local authorities.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating on Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an natural disaster hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018.

The Indonesian Red Cross said on Twitter it had helped a woman give birth at a makeshift health care station after the quake.

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Ali from Italy is tweeting: "My sister called me from Lombok and she was absolutely terrified, she said she was up a tree after the natural disaster and a tsunami is coming".

The tremors were also felt in Bali, where damaged buildings included a department store and the airport terminal, the AP reported.

Officials said hundreds of tourists had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, and boats were being scrambled to collect several hundred more who feared a tsunami would hit the islands.

In several parts of Mataram, there were electricity blackouts.

Another Briton on Gili Trawangan, James Kelsall, told the Press Association the subsequent tsunami warning was the most terrifying part. Around 1,000 tourists, including some Japanese, were stranded on a mountain as landslides blocked a trekking road.

Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani, Indonesia's second highest volcano, after the July 29 quake.

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