Officials said at least 14 people were killed and more than 160 injured in a strong shallow earthquake on Indonesia's Lombok island earlier Sunday. Lombok is a popular tourist destination next to Bali.
The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and also felt earthquakes in a wider area, including Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported. The U. S.
The geological survey said that the earthquake occurred at a depth of only 7 kilometers (4. 4 miles).
Shallow earthquakes often cause more damage than deep earthquakes.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian disaster reduction agency, said the East Dragon region was worst hit and 10 people were killed, including a Malaysian tourist.
He said that as data are still being collected from other parts of the island, the number of casualties may increase.
At least 162 people were injured, Nugroho said, of whom 67 were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The earthquake caused power outages in East Lombok and North Lombok, and triggered a massive landslide in the active volcano Mount linghani.
Rescuers are evacuating more than 800 tourists from the mountains.
The earthquake lasted about 10 seconds on East Lombok Island and the capital of mataran province, causing residents to flee their homes and walk down streets and fields, Nugroho said.
Most of the casualties, he said, were caused by concrete slabs falling.
Photos released by the disaster agency show that the houses and entrances of the popular Mount linghani National Park were damaged, and the park was immediately closed due to fears of landslides.
Television footage showed residents were still outside due to concerns about aftershocks, and the injured were taking out mattresses from some of the damaged houses for treatment and the patient was driven out of the hospital.
Eka Fathurrahman, the Malaysian woman in East Lombok, the police chief, said she was part of a group of 18 Malaysian tourists when the earthquake shook their hotel and knocked down concrete walls, she has just visited Mount linghani.
Six others were injured in the hotel.
Fathurrahman said that many injured persons who were treated outside a damaged clinic were transferred to a major hospital further away as more ambulances arrived at the village of sembaron, East Lombok Island
"Because there are still long aftershocks, residents refuse to enter their houses," he said . ".
Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau recorded more than 130 aftershocks.
Like Bali, Lombok is known for its pristine beaches and mountains.
Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.
Indonesia is located in the Pacific "fire ring", is the arc of the Pacific Basin volcano and fault line, so prone to earthquakes.
In December 2004, a huge level 9.
An earthquake near Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in more than a dozen countries.