Witness describes chaos when earthquake hit the Gili Islands

As thousands of tourists try to get off Indonesia’s Gili Islands, a British trader says pool water overflowed into his bedroom and he was told to run to the hills as fast as possible.

Thousands of tourists are trying to get off Indonesia’s Gili Islands in the wake of a magnitude-6.9 earthquake which collapsed buildings.

One of them is Sebastiaan Evans, a British trader, who described his ordeal to the ABC as he waited for the Indonesian Navy to arrive.

He said the quake hit the islands just after 7:30pm (local time).

“Our swimming pool was shaking so much water was overflowing into our bedroom,” he said.

“There were thousands of people on that hill, waiting for more information.

“There were aftershocks, which caused people to scream and shout.”

He said he had to stay on the hill until 6:00am the next day.

Source: Witness describes chaos when earthquake hit the Gili Islands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)