At least 10 dead, 40 hurt as 6.4 quake hits Indonesia island

06 August, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Carlos George
  • Indonesia earthquake

The quake hit early in the morning when many people were still sleeping.

Around 560 people were estimated to be trapped on Rinjani overnight, including citizens from the United States, France, the Netherlands, Thailand and Germany, as well as many other countries, search and rescue officials said.

So far 14 people have been confirmed dead, including a Malaysian tourist on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani, while around 160 people have been injured. "Some people were injured by rocks falling off the mountain".

The constant aftershocks sparked terrified shouts among scores of people made homeless in the eastern village of Sembalun in the district of the same name, an AFP reporter said.

It was centred 31 miles northeast of the city of Mataram, according to the US Geological Survey, but it was also felt strongly to the west on the neighbouring island of Bali, Indonesia's top tourist destination.

The death toll from a strong quake that struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok has risen to 14, with more than 160 injured.

Lombok lies around 100km east of the resort island of Bali.

Photos released by the disaster mitigation agency showed damaged houses and the authorities closed the popular Mount Rinjani National Park amid fears of landslides.

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"The quake was very strong. and everybody in my house panicked, we all ran outside", said Mr Zulkifli, a resident of North Lombok, close to the epicentre.

The initial natural disaster on Sunday was followed by 60 smaller quakes, according to the BBC, with the largest reaching magnitude 5.7.

However, no tsunami alert was issued, he added.

Volchaert said while there had been little damage to his building or neighborhood, reports were coming in of severe damage on the north of the island.

A 6.4 magnitude is strong enough to cause injuries and damage to buildings, but largely depends on how densely populated the affected area is.

At the holiday island´s hotels, tourists raced outside as the quake struck soon after dawn.

The Indonesian archipelago where Lombok and Bali are located is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity. However, the region remains acutely alert to temblors that might trigger tsunamis.

"The natural disaster was very strong... and everybody in my house panicked, we all ran outside", said Zulkifli, a resident of North Lombok, close to the epicentre.

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