At 6.46pm everything changed. A slow rumble could be heard, but it wasn’t thunder which comes from above. This thunder was surrounding us.
The ceiling and walls started to shake. Sy and I looked at one another, we knew what this was, we had felt it a few days before.
Suddenly the lights went out. As the island was plunged into darkness, screams could be heard up and down the street.
We didn’t know it at the time, but this Magnitude 7 North Lombok earthquake, the force of which caused Lombok to rise by 10 inches, would turn Gili Air into a ghost town.
This is my story of being in the Lombok earthquake, and Gili Air’s plans to be paradise again soon.