A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Lombok Island in southeastern Indonesia Sunday, killing at least 10 people, according to local authorities.
“The earthquake killed at least 10 people, injured 40 people and damaged dozens of houses,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency. “We estimate that these numbers will continue to increase because we have not finished collecting all the data,” he added.
The powerful earthquake, whose epicenter was located shallow, seven kilometers, took place at 6:47 am local time Sunday (22:47 GMT Saturday), announced the US Geophysical Institute (USGS).
The quake occurred 50 kilometers northeast of Mataram, the main city on Lombok Island, the USGS said.
This island is a famous tourist destination and is located a hundred kilometers east of the island of Bali, also very touristy.
“One person died in East Lombok and two died in North Lombok,” a spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.
No details were given on the circumstances of these deaths.
According to several media, at least twenty people were injured in the earthquake and transferred to hospitals.
At least one house was badly damaged in the north of the island and authorities temporarily closed the hiking trails on Mount Rinjani for fear of landslides, according to Nugroho.
No tsunami warnings were triggered, said spokesman for the Indonesian agency of geophysics and meteorology Hary Tirto Djatmiko, adding that more than 40 aftershocks had been recorded after the earthquake, the strongest of which hit a magnitude of 5.7.
People who live near the epicenter site felt a strong shock that caused panic in some places.
“The earthquake was very strong,” “everyone at home panicked, we all went out,” said AFP Zulfikli, a resident of northern Lombok.
“All my neighbors have come out too and electricity has been cut off,” he added.
The Indonesian archipelago, which has thousands of islands, is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of high seismic activity. It is subject to many earthquakes, most of which are not dangerous.
But the region remains vigilant in front of the possibility of possible tsunamis triggered by earthquakes.
In 2004, a tsunami caused by a 9.3 magnitude submarine earthquake off Sumatra, in the western Indonesian archipelago, killed 220 000 people in countries bordering the Indian Ocean, including the 000 in Indonesia
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