An shallow natural disaster measuring 7.0 struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, killing dozens of people and injuring many more, authorities said on Monday. No casualties have been reported so far.
"Last night, just after the quake, communities in North Lombok were evacuated to higher ground because of the tsunami potential".
The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after Sunday evening's quake, whose magnitude the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) revised down to 6.9 from an initial 7.0. The first quake was also felt on Bali.
Not less than 17 people were reported dead due to the 6.4 magnitude quake leaving damaged buildings in hundreds of numbers besides triggering landslides that trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".
Mr Little and Australian politician Peter Dutton, who were in Lombok for a conference, were evacuated to the local airport.
Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.
An Indonesian official says at least three people have been killed after a strong natural disaster struck the popular tourist island of Lombok.
Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from the quake on Lombok has risen to 91 and could rise further as rescuers still haven't reached some of the worst affected areas in the north of the island.
"I think for a lot of people, in particular some of the other delegates there at the conference, they hadn't experienced an natural disaster before and it was pretty terrifying and because we were at the top of the building it was shaking a lot, a lot of things falling over", he said.
Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the quake on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying.
Sutopo said there were no fatalities among the local and foreign tourists and a joint search and rescue team had deployed three ships to evacuate people.
Many people in the area, including American model Chrissy Teigen, took to Twitter to say they felt shaking and trembling.