Australians urged to “reconsider travel” after Lombok struck by multiple quakes

Aussie travellers are being advised to “reconsider travel” to northern Lombok, including the Gili islands, after the popular tourist island was rocked by another powerful earthquake overnight.

The strong 6.9 magnitude quake struck late Sunday evening, at a depth of 20km, the United States Geological Survey said.

It followed two earlier quakes on the same day, which were recorded at magnitude 6.3 and 5.4, and a number of strong aftershocks.


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The earthquakes caused blackouts, landslides and significant damage to buildings in the area, however no casualties have yet been reported.

It comes after a fatal quake struck the island on August 5, killing 460 people and injuring hundreds more.

The Australian Government’s travel advice website is urging Aussies to rethink their travel plans to the holiday island.

“A mag 7 earthquake struck northern Lombok on 19 Aug, which was felt strongly in Bali,” Smartraveller said in a statement.

“We continue to advise you to reconsider travel to northern Lombok, including Gili islands, due to infrastructure damage and the risk of further aftershocks.

“Think seriously about whether you need to travel here due to the high level of risk.”

The website urged travellers to do their research and take a range of extra safety precautions, including having contingency plans, if they do wish to travel to Northern Lombok and the Gili Islands.

They also advised tourists to check “that your travel insurer will cover you.”

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