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Strong quake shakes Lombok

Strong quake shakes Lombok

A 6.4-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Lombok and Sumbawa islands on Sunday, killing at least 14.

Hundreds of tourists remained stranded Monday on a mountain in Indonesia after a large natural disaster struck an island near the popular tourist destination of Bali a day earlier, officials said.

Five children were among those killed by the shallow 6.4-magnitude early-morning quake, which sent people running outside in panic and triggered landslides on popular mountain hiking routes. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the largest recorded at a magnitude of 5.7.

The major quake was felt on the neighboring island of Bali, Indonesia's top tourist destination.

In a further update on Twitter, he said three people died in North Lombok and 637 were injured or affected.

At 5:47 a.m., the quake rocked the nation's central islands with a shallow depth of 4.6 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano and has been a national park since 1997. "Some of the injured are still being treated at clinics".

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BNPBI Head of Information and Public Relation Centre, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said based on data from the Indonesian authorities, a total of 524 climbers, 358 of whom were foreigners, were still trapped in the mountain following yesterday's strong natural disaster.

It is frequently hit by quakes, majority harmless.

"Residents refused to enter their houses as prolonged aftershocks are still being felt", he said. The second struck less than an hour later.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the European quake agency, put the magnitude at 6.5.

In 2004, a devastating magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of the western Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered tsunamis.

"We want to convey our deepest sorrows for this disaster, especially for the deceased", said Mr Joko on Monday afternoon after his visit to a makeshift shelter at Sambelia district in East Lombok regency.

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.