Moment man is pulled alive from rubble in quake-hit Lombok

People affected by the earthquake rest at a temporary shelter in Lombok Indonesia Sunday Aug. 5 2018. —AP

The Irish ambassador to Indonesia has said all of the Irish people caught up in this week's natural disaster have been accounted for.

"All five have been accounted for and are safe‚" Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said Tuesday.

Rescue crews using heavy equipment to search a collapsed mosque in northern Lombok found three bodies, but also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage.

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly quake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said today. But the rescuers and heavy equipment were "very much needed elsewhere, so we chose to shift the operation" to other locations.

"Under the current situation, we estimate that the status will be extended, possibly for a week", he said.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said it expects the death count to rise.

The quake struck at 18:46pm local time (1146 GMT) On Sunday with an epicenter 18 km northwest of Lombok Timur in West Nusa Tenggara province and a depth of 15 km. They used crowbars and dogs and a power drill.

Todd, from Northbridge, told Fairfax Media at Lombok airport that he and his wife had spent a night sleeping in a carpark after the quake hit.

The shallow quake on Sunday evening that occured only 10 km underground, comes a week after another temblor hit Lombok, popular with tourists who visit its beaches and hiking trails, killing 16 people.

"We were moving metre to metre side to side, up and down, people were screaming and running away from any structures and trees", she said. The teams and one excavator arrived after dark Tuesday to investigate.

Nugroho said so far more than 4,600 foreign and Indonesian tourists had been evacuated from the islands, with ships taking people to ports in Lombok and Benoa, Bali.

Oxfam said more than 20,000 people were in temporary shelters and thousands more were camping out in the open. Thousands of people sat on roadsides outside their houses under blue makeshift tents and tarps, too afraid to stay inside because of aftershocks or their homes now uninhabitable.

A 6.9-magnitude quake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, collapsing buildings and rattling infrastructure, with the devastation causing at least 98 deaths.

"We need food and water", said one.

Indonesia is defined by string of volatile volcanoes stretching for thousands of miles, as it is situated on the so-called Ring of Fire around the Pacific.

"They have not been touched by any assistance", Nguroho said.

"It was provided by the Lombok tourist polytechnic and it's located at the global tourist transfer spot".

"We were all anxious of a tsunami hitting the whole night, people were climbing up trees and locals were screaming and praying", Scott said.

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