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

30 July, 2018, 21:49 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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The quake has also killed at least ten people and injured at least about 40 people.

A Malaysian tourist visiting the popular trekking destination of Mount Rinjani on Lombok was among those killed, according to East Lombok police M. Eka Fathurrahman.

"All of them were at the foot of Mount Rinjani when the incident happened", it said.

Thai diplomats based in Jakarta have coordinated with Indonesian officials to pick up the 174 Thai mountaineers who had already come down from the national park.

Bali and Lombok airports are still operating, the spokesperson said.

Handout photograph taken on July 29, 2018 from Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency shows show an Indonesian scrambling over the collapsed ruins of a house following a 6.4-magnitude quake in the Indonesian island of Lombok, today.

According to the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPBI), rescue teams had been deployed to evacuate all the climbers from the mountain area. More than 120 were recorded, the biggest with a magnitude of 5.7, Indonesia's meteorology agency said.

The quake struck at 6:47am on Sunday when many people were still sleeping.

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A magnitude 6.4-earthquake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

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

The epicentre was 30 miles (50km) outside the main city of Mataram and had a depth of 4.4 miles (7km), the US Geological Survey said.

"Rinjani mountain climbing is closed temporarily because there is an indication of landslide around the mountain", Nugroho, said in a statement.

The natural disaster has not triggered any waves or tsunami yet.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. More than a thousand houses and buildings were destroyed.

Lombok, directly east of Bali, is a popular tourist destination noted for its beaches, surfing, and hiking.

In 2004, a devastating magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of the western Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered tsunamis.

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