Ten dead as quake hits tourist island near Bali

Quake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island, USGS Says

Quake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island, USGS Says

An emergency post was set up on a street in Sembalun to treat the injured because the local hospital was damaged in the quake.

"Providing food and medicine to them as soon as possible is now our priority", said Sudiyono, who uses one name.

The volcanic Mount Rinjani, Indonesia's second-highest volcano with a height of 3,726 metres, is famous for its natural beauty and a popular destination among tourists and mountain climbers.

Buenavista, the United States tourist, said he was about to take some dawn photographs at the crater edge when the quake struck, and his immediate thought was that the volcano had erupted.

Disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the number of casualties could increase as information is still being collected from across the island.

"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.

Trekkers typically take two days and a night to get to the crater rim of Rinjani and back down again, the national park says on its website.

Nugroho said more than 1,000 houses were damaged in the quake that struck the vacation destination.

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A 6.5 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

The Malaysian Embassy here is making arrangements to bring home the remains of the Malaysian woman killed in the natural disaster in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

At 5:47 a.m., the quake rocked the nation's central islands with a shallow depth of 4.6 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

There are fears the death toll could still rise, with at least 40 other people, possibly more, said to have been injured.

Lombok is the next island east of Bali.

"Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin".

Two of the aftershocks measured more than 5-magnitude. In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 natural disaster off the coast of Sumatra killed 1,68,000 people in Indonesia.

Videos given to CNN by a Thai trekking group, Trekmania, who were on Rinjani when the quake struck show enormous clouds of dust covering the slopes of the mountain, triggered by the landslides.

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