Update 2018-08-06: According to current reports, over 90 people were killed and over 200 others were injured due to the earthquake in the northern parts of Lombok island on Sunday (05 August). Two people died on Bali due to the earthquake. Damage also occurred on the Gili Islands. There are no foreign travellers among the fatalities and fatalities were mainly reported from the northern and eastern parts of the island – away from the main tourist areas in the south and west of Lombok. Over 130 aftershocks occurred in the region after the initial earthquake. There are ongoing power blackouts and disruptions to the telecommunications infrastructure. Thousands of houses in the northern parts of Lombok were severely damaged or destroyed. The city of Mataram is also particularly affected. The airport of Lombok was not affected and hundreds of tourists are being evacuated from the island on Monday (06 August). Minor damage occurred at the airport on Bali. Air traffic, however, was only briefly affected.
Aftershocks, which may cause additional damage, are possible in the region. Travellers are advised to inform themselves via local media and authorities about the current situation on site, to follow instructions from authorities, to exercise high caution near mountainsides and rivers, as well as to avoid damaged buildings, bridges, and roads.
AFP, BBC, FCO, Reuters
Update 2018-08-05: At least three persons have been killed in the earthquake that hit the island of Lombok today (05 August). There is no information on injured persons or damage to infrastructure available at this time.
2018-08-05, Indonesia: Strong magnitude 6.9 M coastal earthquake
Earthquakes of this magnitude cause damage (sometimes severe), to buildings and infrastructure. Transport and infrastructure disruptions are to be expected.
It is unlikely that a destructive tsunami was generated by a coastal earthquake of this magnitude. Smaller, local tsunamis can occur in coastal areas.