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Indonesia earthquake: Is it safe to travel to Bali and Lombok?

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10-08-2018 Georgia Chambers

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit with another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2.
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The shock comes a week after parts of Indonesia were hit by a 7.0 earthquake, which left thousands of people homeless.

The latest earthquake is the third the island has suffered in 12 days, bringing the official death toll to 131, although a government-run organisation estimates the death toll to be over 300.

With thousands of tourists being evacuated from the holiday islands and surrounding affected areas, is it safe to travel to Bali, Lombok and the Gili islands? Here's everything you need to know:

Which areas have been affected by the earthquake?

Bali and Lombok, which are located within 179km of each other, have both strongly felt the impact of the earthquake.

Bali saw damage to two shopping malls and a temple in Ubud, as well as minor damage to its airport.

Whilst the disaster agency is still assessing the full extent of the damage in Lombok, mosques, schools and houses will be among the thousands of buildings destroyed.

In the Gili islands, three small islands on Lombok’s north-west coast, officials have said that nearly 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated.

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Is there a tsunami risk?

Indonesia's centre for meteorology, climatology and geophysics issued a tsunami warning just minutes after the earthquake hit.

However, the centre has since declared the warning over.

Will there be another earthquake?

There have been over 130 aftershocks since the first quake hit on Sunday, and The Foreign Office has warned of more aftershocks to follow.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia as it is located in the "Ring of Fire," an area in the Pacific Ocean of intense seismic and volcanic activity.

Are flights still going to and from Bali?

Facilities at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport have suffered minor damage but flights are still operating as normal.

Flights from Lombok International Airport are also operating as normal, despite pictures of tourists scrambling to leave, with some airlines adding extra flights to help tourists leave the island.

AirAsia said in a statement: “Flights to and from Lombok and Bali are operating normally following the earthquake.”

What are the Foreign Office travel warnings?

The Foreign Office has warned against all travel to Lombok's nearby Gili islands.

They said they: "advise against all but essential travel to the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air), off the north-west coast of Lombok. Following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the region on 5 August, there is a risk of aftershocks, which could cause further damage to buildings and pose risks to safety. In the event of serious injury, access to immediate medical assistance on the islands is extremely limited."

They added: "If you’re in an affected area, you should exercise caution, monitor local media, liaise with your travel company, hotel or guesthouse and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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