Jakarta, A powerful earthquake has struck a

popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 14 people.

The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just

before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) today.

The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its

beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of

Bali.

More than 160 people are injured and thousands of homes are

damaged, local officials said.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the

earthquake was 50km (31 miles) north-east of the city of Mataram, in

northern Lombok.

It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the

largest recorded at a magnitude of 5.7.

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.

More than half of the world’s active volcanoes above sea level

are part of the ring.

A magnitude 6.5 quake struck off the north-east coast of

Sumatra island in 2016, killing dozens of people and displacing more

than 40,000, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency