JAKARTA, INDONESIA — A powerful and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed not less than 14 folks and injured greater than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a well-liked tourist destination subsequent to Bali, officers stated.
The quake broken greater than 1,000 homes and was felt in a wider space, together with on Bali, the place no injury or casualties have been reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey stated the quake struck at a depth of solely 7 kilometers (4.Four miles). Shallow earthquakes are inclined to do extra injury than deeper ones.
East Lombok district was the toughest hit with 10 deaths, together with a Malaysian vacationer, stated Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Catastrophe Mitigation Company. The variety of casualties may improve as knowledge was nonetheless being collected from different areas on the island, he stated.
Not less than 162 folks have been injured, together with 67 hospitalized with severe accidents, Nugroho stated.
The quake prompted blackouts in East Lombok and North Lombok districts and triggered a big landslide from Mount Rinjani, an energetic volcano. Rescuers have been evacuating greater than 800 vacationers from the mountain.
In East Lombok and the provincial capital of Mataram, the quake lasted about 10 seconds, inflicting residents to flee their houses onto streets and fields, Nugroho stated. He stated many of the fatalities and accidents have been brought on by falling slabs of concrete.
Pictures launched by the catastrophe company confirmed broken homes and the doorway to the favored Mount Rinjani Nationwide Park, which was instantly closed for worry of landslides.
Tv footage confirmed residents remaining outdoors, fearing aftershocks, because the injured have been being handled on mattresses taken out of their partially broken homes and sufferers have been wheeled out of a hospital.
Eka Fathurrahman, the police chief in East Lombok, stated the Malaysian girl who died was a part of a bunch of 18 Malaysian vacationers who had simply visited Mount Rinjani when the quake jolted their guesthouse and toppled a concrete wall. Six different folks have been injured on the guesthouse.
Fathurrahman stated many injured individuals who have been handled outdoors a broken clinic have been evacuated to the primary hospital farther away after extra ambulances reached the devastated location in East Lombok’s Sembalun village.
“Residents refused to enter their homes as extended aftershocks are nonetheless being felt,” he stated.
Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics company recorded greater than 130 aftershocks.
Like Bali, Lombok is thought for pristine seashores and mountains. Inns and different buildings in each areas aren’t allowed to exceed the peak of coconut bushes.
Indonesia is susceptible to earthquakes attributable to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fireplace,” an arc of volcanoes and fault traces within the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, an enormous magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 folks in a dozen nations.