British Columbian family stranded on Indonesian island after 7.0 magnitude natural disaster

  • British Columbian family stranded on Indonesian island after 7.0 magnitude natural disaster

British Columbian family stranded on Indonesian island after 7.0 magnitude natural disaster

Thousands of people are trying to evacuate after a powerful quake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok and shook nearby Bali last night.

"Right now it is nearly three days, and still we are getting information that a lot of areas get no help yet, so I think we should all work harder to reach these people by the end of the week".

"Our little paradise island that we have called home has taken a hit and the foundation of our island and its businesses, which are the local people, have taken the biggest hit of all".

"I was in sheer panic, we all were", Montgomery-Lay, 41, told The Canadian Press on Monday from her hotel, adding that she and her family were not injured in the quake.

At least 347 people have been confirmed dead after a 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media, citing an emergency official.

Most commonly, earthquakes occur when tectonic plates rub against each other.

People were said to be performing evening prayers when the roof caved in on top of them.

There were fears the death toll would rise as workers with heavy machinery shifted rubble at a collapsed mosque.

Residents who lost their homes sheltered in makeshift tents while most tourists were able to evacuate Monday. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

"The number of victims keep rising", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Wednesday.

A video released by authorities showed hundreds of people, many believed to be foreign tourists, crammed onto a beach on the island of Gili Trawangan as evacuation measures got underway, reports CNN.

Some 800 hikers were nearby when that natural disaster struck and caused parts of a crater ledge and nearby plateau (holding several hikers and guides) at the summit of Mount Rinjani in Lombok to collapse into the volcano's mouth, according to news reports.

For many, food and water remains in short supply and people are afraid to return to their homes - that is if they are still standing.

Rescuers on Indonesia's quake-hit island of Lombok dug through the rubble of a mosque on Wednesday (Aug 8), hoping to reach the aunt of a sprinter who became a national hero last month at the under-20 world championships in Finland.

"To get an global assistance coming from out of Indonesia especially in the form of goods and personnel, the procedure is first to get confirmation from central government that this is a national-scale disaster and not a provincial one", he said.

"It was like a massive jet was just above your head, this far", Dale Maffescioni said.

His wife Maude, 44, said the family was on Bali for the first quake and Lombok for the second.

Some said they felt stranded and complained about a lack of coordination and affordable transport to the tourist hub of Senggigi or Lombok's airport, where dozens slept on the floor overnight awaiting flights out.

There are 2,221 Canadians registrants overseas in Indonesia and 480 registered in Bali, said Elizabeth Reid, spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada.