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

Casey GreeneAug 01, 2018

Fourteen people have died after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia Sunday, damaging more than 1,000 homes and sending residents fleeing for safety.

"We estimate the number will keep rising because we are not done collecting data", he added.

The hardest hit region was East Lombok, the agency says, where eight people died and 10 people are seriously injured.

A woman stands near an injured person outside a hospital after an natural disaster hit Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur. "Five hundred are in Segara Anakan area, and 60 are in Batu Ceper", said the head of Rinjani national park Sudiyono, who also goes by one name.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency recorded more than 130 aftershocks.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo boarded a military helicopter on Monday morning to inspect the area.

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

The shallowness of the quake added to the damage it caused, with officials reporting 280 aftershocks.

As of Sunday afternoon, the natural disaster was reported to have left 14 dead, 162 injured and thousands of homes damaged.

"The quake was very strong. and everybody in my house panicked, we all ran outside", he said.

Mr Pramuja said a landslide triggered by Sunday's quake trapped a group of six at the crater lake of Indonesia's second-highest volcano.

The victims are from the northern and eastern side of the island which is popular with foreign tourists.

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

At the Katamaran Hotel & Resort in Senggigi beach, some 30 guests gathered in the lobby for around half an hour before venturing back to their rooms. The quake did not trigger a tsunami.

Standing outside a green tent set up on a dusty field, she said nothing was left of her house.

Local news Metro TV reported that people were still sleeping when the first quake hit and they quickly fled their houses in panic.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, which is located on the seismically active "Ring of Fire" on the rim of the Pacific Ocean.

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