Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 16

Baku, July 30, AZERTAC

The death toll from the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled Lombok island, Indonesia, rose to 16 as of 08.00 p.m. local time, according to the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD), Antara news agency reported.

The death toll included nine in East Lombok district, four in North Lombok district, a Malaysian tourist, and a climber from South Sulawesi province, Chief of the BPBD, H Mohammad Rum, said.

The quake hit Lombok and Sumawa Islands on Sunday at 6:47 a.m. local time, but did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.

The tremor was centered 8.4 degrees southern latitude and 116.55 degrees eastern longitude, 47 km east of the West Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Mataram, at a depth of 24 km.

Following the quake, Lombok was jolted by tens of aftershocks.

As of 14.00 West Indonesia Standard Time, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has recorded a total of 124 aftershocks with smaller intensity.

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