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Strong quake hits Indonesian island, killing at least 14

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM
In this image made from video released by Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency, damage caused by an early morning earthquake is seen on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, Sunday, July 29, 2018. A shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake early Sunday killed a numberof people and injured dozens on Indonesia's Lombok Island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali.

JAKARTA (AP):

A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia's Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.

The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and was felt in a wider area, including on Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of only seven kilometres (4.4 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to do more damage than deeper ones.

East Lombok district was the hardest hit with 10 deaths, including a Malaysian tourist, 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.

At least 162 people were injured, including 67 hospitalised with serious injuries.

The quake caused blackouts in East Lombok and North Lombok districts and triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani, an active volcano. Rescuers were evacuating more than 800 tourists from the mountain.

In East Lombok and the provincial capital of Mataram, the quake lasted about 10 seconds, causing residents to flee their homes on to streets and fields, Nugroho said. He said most of the fatalities and injuries were caused by falling slabs of concrete.