14 dead, 162 wounded after earthquake jolts Indonesia

Sembalun: A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday killing 14 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings.

The quake, which rocked the island early in the morning when many people were still asleep, injured 162 people and damaged thousands of houses. Electricity was cut off in the worst-hit area, Sembalun, a sparsely populated area of rice paddies and the slopes of Mount Rinjani on the northern side of the island.

The area was temporarily closed to climbers because there were several reports of landslides. Some 115 climbers were safely escorted out. The most pressing needs now are medical personnel, and food. Sutopo Nugroho, Disaster mitigation agency

No waves or tsunami alert

  • Over a hundred of tremors were recorded on Sunday, with the largest aftershock recorded at 5.7 magnitude. The earthquake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami.
  • It was centred 50 km northeast of Mataram, but it was also felt strongly to the west on island of Bali. Indonesia is located on the seismically active ‘Ring of Fire’.

(With agency inputs)