Malaysian woman, aged 30, dies in Lombok quake

6.4 magnitude earthquake leaves 3 dead at popular Indonesian island of Lombok

Damage is seen following an natural disaster in Lombok, Indonesia, July 29, 2018.

A 6.4-magnitude quake hit the island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least 14 people in the popular vacation destination and sending residents fleeing from collapsing buildings at dawn.

Rescuers are trying to evacuate hundreds of tourists trapped on Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an natural disaster that killed 15 people triggered landslides. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

"So far we have not received any report on damages", agency spokesperson Hary Tirto Djatmiko said.

"The tourists hiking the Mount Rinjani volcano in West Nusa Tenggara province include 358 foreign visitors and 166 domestic tourists, " spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"I started running to the trail", he told Reuters by telephone from the Gili Islands, off Lombok's northwest coast, where he headed after a seven-hour trek to the foot of the peak.

The quake devastated large parts of the island, which is located next to Bali, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 160. He said most of the fatalities and injuries were caused by falling slabs of concrete.

Television footage showed residents remaining outside, fearing aftershocks, as the injured were being treated on mattresses taken out of their houses and patients were wheeled out of a hospital.

He said the embassy was also informed that there were still Malaysians in Lombok but were unable to be contacted at this point of time.

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano and has been a national park since 1997.

It is frequently hit by quakes, a lot of them harmless. The two of the aftershocks after the main quake had an intensity of more than 5.0 on the Richter Scale.

The Lombok quake struck at 6:47 am and was only 7 km, a shallow depth that would have amplified its effect.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the European quake agency, put the magnitude at 6.5.

The islands are part of an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity of 25,000 square miles called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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