Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Lombok island in Indonesia

A 6.4 magnitude natural disaster on Sunday struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, killing ten people and injuring 40 others, Reuters reported quoting government authorities.

It struck 50km (30 miles) northeast of the island's main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake hit Lombok island early in the morning at 6.47 am when many people were still sleeping and damaged dozens of single-story houses.

The three victims are from the northern and eastern side of the island which is popular with foreign tourists.

Australian man Jon-Paul Kennedy was sleeping next to his terminally ill mother in a hospital when the "terrifying" quake hit.

It was quickly followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.4 centred in the same area.

There were no immediate reports of damage after the powerful quake, whose epicenter was at a depth of seven kilometers, according to the agency.

Indonesia's Lombok island, where a magnitude-6.4 quake struck Sunday, is home to Mount Barujari, which erupted in 2016.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains. However, the region remains acutely alert to tremors that might trigger tsunamis.

"I've been walking around but so far there is no damage".

"The people in the villages may have damages". He said falling slabs of concrete caused the three fatalities and injuries.

Mount Rinjani national park, a popular destination with hikers, is closed over fears of treacherous slides.

"People are gathering on the streets and empty fields to avoid collapsing buildings", he said.

Local residents also reported feeling aftershocks following the main tremor.

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.

The Hualien quake, which hit Taiwan in February 2018 and had a magnitude of 6.4, killed 17 people and injured another 285.

They said: "If a major natural disaster or landslide occurs close to shore, you should follow the instructions of local authorities, bearing in mind that a tsunami could arrive within minutes".

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