Natural disaster hits Indonesia's Lombok- killing 10

Natural disaster hits Indonesia's Lombok- killing 10

Natural disaster hits Indonesia's Lombok- killing 10

A shallow magnitude 6.4 natural disaster early Sunday killed a number people and injured dozens on Indonesia's Lombok Island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali. Around 40 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings.

Of the 10 people confirmed dead, it's understood eight were killed in the East Lombok district, mostly by falling concrete.

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

It said two of the aftershocks measured more than 5-magnitude.

The entrance to the popular Mount Rinjani National Park in Lombok was swiftly closed after the incident, in fear of landslides.

An quake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale hits the popular destination of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday.

Many houses are damaged in the quake.

The island is not far from the tourist destination of Bali, but no damage or casualties have been reported there.

He says the quake has triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the government will bring home the remains of Siti Nur Ismawida, who was killed in the natural disaster in Lombok, as soon as possible.

The quake struck at 6.47am local time, and its epicentre was located 50km north-east of the city of Mataram on the island of Lombok, which has a population of 319,000.

The massive quake struck at 6.47am on Sunday (11.47pm BST) at a depth of 7km, about 31 miles north-west of Mataram in the north of Lombok.

The natural disaster was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami.

Around 43 quakes were recorded after the initial 6.4 magnitude tremor.

Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

Lombok is the next island east of Bali. However, the region remains acutely alert to temblors that might trigger tsunamis.

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