'We just made a little bed for the kids and put them to sleep so they wouldn't be scared as there was lots of aftershocks and some were very strong - they lasted all night, we slept there until sunrise'. "If the hotel closes, some of the staff will leave: so all the people who rent housing to my staff will lose business".
In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday more than 156,003 refugees had been created by the quake, a day after admitting assistance had not reached all because of road closures, and markets and shops standing empty.
The death toll is expected to rise, with one official telling reporters that 80 per cent of north Lombok has suffered damage.
Salama, 52, was at a prayer class in the Karangpangsor village mosque when the quake struck.
Riduan, a 45-year-old man whose house was partially destroyed, said he had received no assistance and had bought food himself. Montgomery-Lay started a blog titled "Life All Over the Map" to document Lay's treatment and the family's travels. But on their first day of the trip, the quake destroyed nearly the whole place, and their mission took on a critical turn amid aftershocks that won't stop.
"No one has come, no doctor, no government official", she said. "We were finally able to freshen up at a hotel near the airport", she told Arab News. Power went out for a while.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media that he was on the hotel's 12th floor when the quake struck.
Quakes continue to rattle the island, including a 5.5 magnitude tremor at around 2 a.m. (1800 GMT Monday), Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said (BMKG). It's hard for help to reach them. The warning was lifted after only small waves were recorded.
While poorly built structures toppled rapidly, much of the island's tourist infrastructure remains more intact than imagery would suggest.
A 6.9-magnitude natural disaster hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 98 people just a week after another quake on the island took more than a dozen lives. The few restaurants left open were rationing food.
'We headed for high ground, we had to pass all the injured bodies through all the fallen buildings to get there, ' Ms Harvey said.
"The main port is still working; every harbour is working; the airport is working", said Taufan Rahmadi, founder of Temannya Wisatawan (Tourism Friends). Just days earlier, on July 29, another deadly natural disaster, this one a magnitude 6.4, hit the same area.
Dirco said it was in contact with the South African embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, in order to provide consular support.
"We encourage Canadians in Indonesia to contact their family and friends. The locals were screaming and shouting and we had no idea as to what was going on".
On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and residents spent Sunday night on a hill because of tsunami fears, said British visitor Saffron Amis. Nugroho said authorities had deployed three ships to evacuate people who were packed on the 16-square-kilometre beach.