Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

4 magnitude natural disaster in Indonesia kills at least 10

4 magnitude natural disaster in Indonesia kills at least 10

Hundreds of tourists, including Thais, were stranded at Mount Rinjani National Park, a famous tourist destination in Lombok, after it was hit by a magnitude 6.4 quake on the morning of July 23.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said it recorded over 130 aftershocks.

Officials in Lombok have declared a three-day state of emergency.

In addition to the fatalities, at least 162 people were injured, according to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency.

A Malaysian was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur said.

The national park authority said a key route to the summit of the 3726-metre mountain had been cleared on Monday, and a helicopter was dropping supplies to others still picking their way to safety.

The constant aftershocks sparked terrified shouts among scores of people made homeless in the eastern village of Sembalun, an AFP reporter said.

Earlier, Mr Nugroho tweeted pictures of houses with collapsed roofs and walls.

"Hundreds of trekkers in the crater in climbing areas couldn't come down when they wanted to, because the paths were covered by debris from landslides and there were fears of subsequent landslides", Sutopo told a news conference.

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The Indonesian Red Crescent said it was dispatching hundreds of tarpaulins, blankets and hygiene kits to the affected areas as part of their initial response to the natural disaster.

"My trekking guide who was accompanying two tourists from Spain suffered from minor injuries during the jolt".

The epicentre was 30 miles (50km) outside the main city of Mataram and had a depth of 4.4 miles (7km), the US Geological Survey said. "All my neighbours also ran outside and the electricity was suddenly cut off". More than 335 people were injured, many by collapsing buildings.

The quake created panic on the holiday island and sent locals and tourists running outside their homes and hotels.

The latest natural disaster was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami but authorities issued a yellow alert, suggesting there was a possibility of casualties.

The quake also rocked the tiny Gili islands off northeast Lombok, which are popular with honeymooners. However, he said, Sunday's quake was the strongest he had experienced on the island.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The quake struck at 6:47am on Sunday when many people were still sleeping. However, the region remains acutely alert to temblors that might trigger tsunamis. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude natural disaster near Sumatra prompted a tsunami and led to more than 230,000 deaths.

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