Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Powerful quake kills at least 10 on Indonesia's Lombok island

Powerful quake kills at least 10 on Indonesia's Lombok island

A 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit the island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least 14 people in the popular vacation destination and sending residents fleeing from collapsing buildings at dawn.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of only seven kilometres.

He said: "The main focus now is evacuation and rescue". We were very surprised as the water in the pools was swaying like a wild sea.

Eka Fathurrahman, the police chief in East Lombok, said a Malaysian woman who died was part of a group of 18 Malaysian tourists who had just visited Mount Rinjani when the quake jolted their guest house and toppled a concrete wall.

The epicentre of the natural disaster was 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Lombok's main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.

Mount Rinjani National Park said in a Twitter message on Monday that a key route, Senaru, had been reopened for people to come down.

The magnitude 6.4 natural disaster early Sunday killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was among the Mount Rinjani climbers.

"We have also temporarily banned the climbing of Mt. Rinjani due to serious landslides on the volcano", the senior government official said, referring to the 3,726-meter active volcano on Lombok that is popular among global and local tourists.

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At 5:47 a.m., the quake rocked the nation's central islands with a shallow depth of 4.6 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from a shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake on Lombok Island has increased to 10 with 40 injured.

One Malaysian was killed and six injured, the Malaysian foreign ministry said.

He said the area was temporarily closed to climbers because there were reports of landslides.

'Residents refused to enter their houses as prolonged aftershocks are still being felt, ' he said.

Indonesia, an archipelago of some 17,000 islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hot spot.

Lombok is the next island east of Bali.

The latest quake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami but authorities issued a yellow alert, suggesting there was a possibility of casualties. "There were waves in the pools but only for 20 to 30 seconds", he told Reuters by telephone.

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