BALI EARTHQUAKE: UK tourist reveals TERRIFYING ESCAPE as Lombok rocked by NEW quakes

Friday, August 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

A BRITISH visitor to Bali has revealed earthquake-devastated Lombok Island was cut off THREE WEEKS BEFORE the first quake even struck the island on July 29.

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Tamsin Parker told boats were cancelled for weeks before the 7.0 earthquake, adding to the chaos when visitors and locals tried to flee the island after the quake.

Ms Parker, 34, also witnessed confused authorities and over-stretched rescue resources becoming swamped as a series of largely unreported subsequent earthquakes struck the tourist haven, with a huge and desperate aid mission still underway.

She said she was hit by a feeling of “foreboding” in the weeks leading up to the earthquake due to issues with boat services, with residents receiving government letters informing them that certain services were being stopped.

Ms Parker told “The way that there was a sense of foreboding weeks ahead of the first quake was weird as no immediate signs were there – it was almost like the ground was saying something to me.”

The British resident, who has regularly traveled to Bali over a four-year period, said something was wrong when she saw footage of water flooding the streets the day before the first devastating quake struck on July 29.

She said: “The day before the 29th, I saw footage of water coming out of the ocean from drains and flooding the street. Then people were calling it a mini tsunami.”

The first reported earthquake on July 29th sent local residents into panic.

Ms Parker said: “I’ve felt earthquakes before, it was a small shake, but not as big as the one we felt.”

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