At 6.46pm Sunday 5 August local time, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster struck Lombok, with the epicentre located 18 kilometres south-west of East Lombokisland.
"The number of fatalities will definitely rise because some victims have not been found or rescued", he added.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
The magnitude 7.0 quake early Sunday evening struck in the northern part of Lombok and was also felt on Bali, where the airport terminal had ceiling tiles shaken loose. These are tweets from Bali and Lombok, both major tourist destinations in Indonesia are coming from visitors in panic.
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The quake caused light damage as far away as the Javanesecity of Bandung, some 955 kilometers from Mataram, but was felt strongly on the neighboring resort island of Bali.
"I am crying. he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed to leave your prayer during an quake", said Indonesian cleric Yusuf Mansur, who shared the clip to his two millions followers on Instagram. We are staying in a treehouse and it was swaying like insane.
The third reason is that the houses' structures are not firm enough, lacking reinforced steel bars and a solid foundation", said Suardi, an official in the northern area of the Lombok Island.
"All the activities are shut down".
Eventually, they went to the airport, where they waited at the airport police post.
Dutch tourist Marc Ganbuwalba injured his knee in a stampede of diners from a restaurant after the quake.
"It was just a lot of panic because no one knew what was happening".
"What we really need now are paramedics, we are short-staffed, we also need medications", Supriadi, a spokesman for Mataram general hospital, told AFP. "Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us".
A POWERFUL natural disaster which ripped through Lombok in Indonesia, killing at least 142 people, was caused by the same tectonic movement that led to the eruption of Bali's Mount Agung this year.
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Search and rescue teams have been working to access those in the worst-affected areas, close to the epicentre in northern Lombok. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.
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