Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island
”The earthquake caused people to panic and flee their houses,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Metro TV.
The tremor was also felt in the island’s capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.
”People are traumatised by the previous earthquakes and aftershocks never seem to stop.
But Lombok had been earmarked as one of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s “10 new Balis” with the regional government hoping to develop it into a major destination, especially in the booming halal tourism sector.
In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.