10 dead on tourist island as deadly natural disaster strikes

10 dead on tourist island as deadly natural disaster strikes

10 dead on tourist island as deadly natural disaster strikes

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured after a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster on a popular tourist island in Indonesia.

The government will bring home the remains of the Malaysian woman who was killed in the quake in Lombok today as soon as possible, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Trekkers typically take two days and a night to get to the crater rim of Rinjani and back down again, the national park says on its website.

Damage is seen following an natural disaster in Lombok, Indonesia on July 29, 2018.

Lombok, directly east of Bali, is a popular tourist destination noted for its beaches, surfing, and hiking.

Five children were among those killed by the shallow 6.4-magnitude early-morning quake, which sent people running outside in panic and triggered landslides on popular mountain hiking routes. Around 40 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings.

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

Rinjani, a volcanic mountain, drew hundreds of thousands of climbers from across the world each year, BBC Indonesian editor Rebecca Henschke on the island said.

Indonesia is frequently hit by quakes
Indonesia is frequently hit by quakes

More than half of the world's active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring.

Thai national Thanapon Worawutchainan, who was at the summit when the quake occurred, posted a video on Facebook showing people stumbling down the slopes in the aftermath.

At least 16 people have died, including five children and a Malaysian tourist aged 30.

The epicentre of the natural disaster struck 50 km northeast of Lombok's main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.

The powerful quake was not it but it was also followed by two minor quakes and a whopping 60 aftershocks. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is due to visit the island this morning, his spokesman said.

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

The country sits on the deadly "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and earthquake-prone fault lines circling the Pacific Ocean.

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