At least ten people have died after a large earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok today. Another 40 have been injured after the quake, which was also felt in the neighbouring island of Bali. Both islands are popular with tourists who go to surf, dive, and enjoy the beaches. The magnitude-6.4 earthquake damaged dozens of single-storey houses and taller buildings on Lombok. Bali escaped without damage.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 4.4 miles. East Lombok district was the hardest hit with eight deaths, including a Malaysian national, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency. The number of casualties could increase as data was still being collected from other locations on the island, he said. The tremor also triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani. Authorities were still monitoring its impact.