Quake kills 10 in Lombok, Indonesia

Frederick Owens
August 6, 2018

Efforts were under way on Monday to rescue several hundred trekkers stranded on Mount Rinjani on Indonesia's Lombok island, a day after a powerful 6.4 magnitude quake struck the popular tourist destination, a disaster agency official said. USGS said two of the aftershocks measured more than a magnitude of five.

"The focus now is evacuation and rescue".

The quake has resulted in at least 10 fatalities on Lombok, which is located about 140 miles of east of Bali, according to foreign media reports. We were very surprised as the water in the pools was swaying like a wild sea.

"We felt aftershocks for two hours after the initial quake, so we're anxious that there could be more damage caused".

The rescue operation on Mount Rinjani is likely to run until at least Tuesday and a military helicopter has dropped supplies at several spots on the mountain, according to search and rescue agency officials.

A strong natural disaster has struck Indonesia's Lombok island, which is not far from the tourist destination of Bali.

Rahmat Triyono, head of the natural disaster and Tsunami Center at Indonesia's Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said that as of 10:20 a.m. local time, 66 aftershocks with magnitudes of up to 5.7 had been observed.

A magnitude 6.4-earthquake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

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The Unites States Geological Survey earlier said that the quake struck 50 kilometre northeast from the city of Mataram, northeast of the island.

"Rinjani mountain climbing is closed temporarily because there is an indication of landslide around the mountain", Nugroho, said in a statement.

As many as 820 people - majority foreigners - were on Mount Rinjani when the quake struck, making two trails impassable, Sutopo said on Twitter late on Sunday.

"I started running to the trail", he told Reuters by telephone from the Gili Islands, off Lombok's northwest coast, where he headed after a seven-hour trek to the foot of the peak.

"Residents refused to enter their houses as prolong aftershocks are still being felt", he said.

It was centered on Lombok, about 140 miles east of Bali and not far from Mount Rinjani volcano.

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

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim.

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