At least ten people have died after a large earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok today. Another 40 have been injured after the quake, which was also felt in the neighbouring island of Bali. Both islands are popular with tourists who go to surf, dive, and enjoy the beaches. The magnitude-6.4 earthquake damaged dozens of single-storey houses and taller buildings on Lombok. Bali escaped without damage.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 4.4 miles. East Lombok district was the hardest hit with eight deaths, including a Malaysian national, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency. The number of casualties could increase as data was still being collected from other locations on the island, he said. The tremor also triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani. Authorities were still monitoring its impact.
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ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY An Indonesia paramedic gives treatment to injured people outside of a hospital after an earthquake hit Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 29, 2018. Antara Foto/Zakir/via REUTERS – ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
This handout photograph taken on July 29, 2018 and released by the Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) shows an Indonesian man (R) standing among the collapsed ruins of a house following an earthquake in Lombok. A shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on July 29, the United States Geological Survey said. / AFP PHOTO / Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images
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