Indonesia quake - 14 killed after 6.4 natural disaster rocks Lombok


At least 10 people have died and dozens more were injured after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck the popular Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, officials said.

A 30-year-old Malaysian woman visiting Mount Rinjani, a popular trekking destination, was among those killed, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesman. The number of injured and dead will only keep increasing as and when more data comes in.

A villager walks through the ruins of a collapsed house during a search for the equipment of Malaysian tourists who died during the quake at the Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 29, 2018.

The islands also experienced 66 aftershocks, according to Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo flew to the island Monday to meet with the communities affected by the natural disaster as emergency aid began to be dispersed to the island.

Many houses were damaged in the quake. Moreover, about a few dozens of homes have also been damaged due to the natural disaster.

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

A total of 174 Thai hikers have safely descended from Mount Rinjani National Park on Lombok island, Indonesia, where an quake struck on July 23, the Thai Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 4.4 miles.

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.

Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless and substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island.

"All my neighbours also ran outside and the electricity was suddenly cut off", Zulkifli, who goes by one name, told AFP.

No tsunami alert has been issued.

The quake hit early in the morning when many people were still sleeping.

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

The Indonesian archipelago where Lombok and Bali are located is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude natural disaster near Sumatra prompted a tsunami and led to more than 230,000 deaths.