Malaysian woman among 10 killed in strong quake jolting Indonesia island Lombok

01 August, 2018, 13:07 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The strong quake was centred about 160km north-northeast of Maumere town on the island of Flores the USGS said at a depth of 570km

A powerful 6.4 magnitude quake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday killing at least 14 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings.

A STRONG natural disaster has shaken Indonesia's Lombok Island, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens more.

The number of casualties could increase as data were still being collected from other locations on the island, he said.

Mount Rinjani National Park chief, Sudiyono, said more than 800 tourists were registered to climb Rinjani, an active volcano, when a strong quake rocked Lombok early Sunday.

"Our guests were in shock because of the incident", said Karyadi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Indonesia's geophysics and meteorology agency said that at least 11 aftershocks were recorded after the quake.

President Joko Widodo visited the affected site on Monday and promised financial support for people who had lost their homes.

Ten people in the district also suffered major injuries, another 10 people had minor injuries and dozens of houses were damaged, Mr Nugroho said.


"We slept here at the roadside because our house collapsed in the quake", he said.

There were reports it was also felt in Bali - 60 miles (100km) away - but there were no reports of damage there.

As authorities sought to assess the damage to buildings and infrastructure on Lombok, popular trekking trails on the remote Mount Rinjani were closed because of landslides, according to the disaster agency.

According to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency, at least 162 people have been injured by the tremors, which occurred about 140 miles east of Bali.

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

Officials in Australia, India and Indonesia did not issue a tsunami advisory.

"But we heard that quakes as strong as the one early in the morning may occur and that makes my family and I very nervous and scared".

Indonesia is located on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and regularly experiences earthquakes and volcanic activity.

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