6.4 Magnitude Tremor Rattles Indonesia, 10 Killed, 40 Injured

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Jakarta: At least 10 people have died and dozens more were injured after a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the popular Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, officials said.

According to the news agency PTI, “The earthquake killed at least 10 people, some 40 people are injured and dozens of houses were damaged,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency.There has been no warning of a Tsunami by the USGS.

“We estimate the number will keep rising because we are not done collecting data,” Nugroho said.

Lombok in southeastern Indonesia is a popular tourist destination, and lies around 100 km east of the resort island of Bali.

Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

It is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless. However, the region remains acutely alert to tremors that might trigger tsunamis.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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