The Latest: 10 dead, 40 hurt in Indonesia’s 6.4 mag quake
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok Island (all times local):
A spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from a shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Lombok Island has increased to 10 with 40 injured.
The spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says the number of casualties could increase further as data is still being collected from other locations on the popular tourist island, which sits next to Bali.
He says East Lombok district is the hardest hit in the earthquake with eight deaths, including a Malaysian national.
He says the quake has triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani. Authorities are still monitoring its impact.
Indonesia’s disaster response agency says at least three people have been killed in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Lombok Island early Sunday.
The island is not far from the tourist destination of Bali, but no damage or casualties have been reported there.
Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the three fatalities were caused by falling slabs of concrete. He says several people have been injured.
Photos released by the agency show damaged houses as well as the entrance of the popular Mount Rinjani National Park.
A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia’s Lombok island, which is not far from the tourist destination of Bali.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and its epicenter was 1.4 kilometers (0.8 miles) southwest of Lelongken, Indonesia. It had a depth of 7 kilometers (4.4 miles).
Authorities issued a yellow alert, which suggested that some casualties are a possiblity.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.