Indonesia earthquake: 10 dead on tourist island Lombok

Baku, July 29, AZERTAC

A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 10 people, according to BBC.

The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central Indonesian island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday.

The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali.

Many buildings have been damaged and dozens of people have been injured by falling debris, officials say.

A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani is reportedly among those killed.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok.

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

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