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
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
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