Peter Dutton ‘lucky to get out’ of deadly Indonesian earthquake
A strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing dozens of people and rocking neighbouring Bali.
Last week, a dozen people were killed when an earthquake struck Lombok.
This latest quake recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the US Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5 kilometres in the northern part of Lombok.
Indonesian officials believe at least 91 people have been killed.
Australia’s Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism conference, and tells Ray Hadley the quake left “everyone a bit shaken”.
“We were at a dinner on the 12th floor of the hotel where we were staying.
“We were pretty lucky to get out. The building’s integrity I think’s been compromised, lots of bits falling down.
Australian delegation is safe and is evacuated from hotel. Very grateful to Indonesian police and authorities and the AFP. We are not yet aware of the extent of the damage, but thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.
— Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) August 5, 2018
“We were knocked certainly to the floor. The violence of the shaking of the building was pretty dramatic nut my AFP guys did a great job as well.
“Everyone’s a bit shaken but all well.”
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