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Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

An quake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck eastern Indonesia on Sunday, leaving 10 people dead and 40 others injured as well as damaging dozens of buildings, the U.S. Geological Survey and Indonesian authorities said. 12 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings.

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

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 50 kilometres northeast of the city Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, with a depth of 10 km.

East Lombok was worst hit with at least 10 deaths, including a tourist from Malaysia, said an official from Indonesia's disaster agency.

Landslides may have also affected Mount Rinjani national park, a popular trekking destination.

The effects, though, could be felt on neighbouring island Bali, which lies to the west and is very popular with tourists.

Officials said the death toll from Sunday's natural disaster, which was centered on the northern part of Lombok, but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west, stood at 17. Indonesia's agency for meteorology climatology and geophysics (BMKG) indicated that there was no risk of a tsunami.

So far 15 people across the island have been reported dead following the quake, while another 162 have been reported injured, according to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency.

Triggering a landslide, rocks and boulders cascaded down mountainsides cutting off escape routes for tourists. "There was about 20 seconds of shaking, the water in the pool was making quite large waves".

At the holiday island's hotels, tourists raced outside as the quake struck.

The temblor was felt strong and dozens of houses and buildings were damaged in the province, he told Xinhua in a text message.

In Katamaran Hotel & Resort in Senggigi beach, some 30 guests gathered in the hotel lobby for around half an hour before venturing back to their rooms.

A view of a collapsed house after an natural disaster struck in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, 29 July 2018.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.

The quake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunamis. However, the region remains acutely alert to temblors that might trigger tsunamis.

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