Peter Dutton 'lucky to escape' deadly Lombok natural disaster

A man walks debris from destroyed houses in an area affected by an earthquake at Sajang village Sembalun East Lombok Indonesia Monday

It was the second quake in a week to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world.

Most of the victims were on the northern side of Lombok, near the epicentre of the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit in the early evening of Sunday.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency placed Sunday's death toll at 82, more than doubling its earlier figure of 32.

"Many injured people are being treated outside of hospitals and health clinics because the buildings were damaged", Nugroho said.

Residents stand next to bikes and debris at a mall in Bali's capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018 after a major quake rocked neighbouring Lombok island.

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It came 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.

Iwan Asmara, an official from the local Disaster Mitigation Agency, said people poured out from their houses in panic to move to higher ground, particularly in Mataram and North Lombok.

Most of the victims were in the mountainous north and east of the island, away from the main tourist spots and coastal districts in the south and west.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he was "very lucky" to escape a deadly quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok unharmed.

"There was certainly a lot of structural damage to the building".

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She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimeters (6 inches) high were detected in three villages.

A strong natural disaster has struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok, one week after another quake in the same area killed more than a dozen people.

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.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in Mataram when the quake struck, said that his room shook violently and walls cracked. He said the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor" and cut power.

Travellers at the worldwide airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but operations were not disrupted, officials said. 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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All New Zealanders on Lombok are being advised to register their details on the ministry's safe travel website and let their families in New Zealand know that they are safe.

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