Malaysian woman among 10 killed in strong quake jolting Indonesia island Lombok

Hannah Rogers
July 30, 2018

According to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, there were an estimated 820 people on the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain when the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake struck Sunday morning.

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A villager walks through the ruins of a collapsed house during a search for the equipment of Malaysian tourists who died during the quake at the Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur.

The national park authority said a key route to the summit of the 3726-metre mountain had been cleared on Monday, and a helicopter was dropping supplies to others still picking their way to safety.

The quake caused major landslides in Mount Rinjani National Park, which is now closed, and many hikers reported being unable to get out of the park because of blocked roads.

Bali and Lombok airports are still operating, the spokesperson said.

"Thirteen people have died, hundreds of people were injured and thousands of homes were damaged in the natural disaster in East Lombok".

"The focus now is evacuation and rescue".

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"We urge people to be alert but remain calm and refrain from panicking", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), said in Jakarta on Sunday.

As many as 820 people - a lot of them foreigners - were on Mount Rinjani when the quake struck, making two trails impassable, Sutopo said on Twitter late on Sunday.

Yesterday, a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck Lombok and claimed 14 lives, including a Malaysian climber Siti Nur Ismawida Ismail, 30.

More than 361,000 British holidaymakers visited Indonesia in 2017, many heading to Lombok or to clubbing and party resorts on Bali. The disaster has left at least three dead and inflicted damage to houses on the island.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of only 7km.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at 6:47 am local time (22:47 UTC Saturday) at a depth of seven kilometers (four miles).

"Rinjani mountain climbing is closed temporarily because there is an indication of landslide around the mountain", Nugroho, said in a statement.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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