Jakarta: Country’s disaster mitigation agency today informed that three people have lost their lives in a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the island of lombok in Indonesia.
The place where quake hit is a popular tourist destination and all the three killed in the mishap were there on this island when the quake struck at 6.47 a.m., and its epicentre was located 50 km north-east of the city of Mataram on the island of lombok, which has a population of 319,000.
Tourists near Senggigi, gateway to the popular Gili Islands resorts, reported strong shocks. “We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything falling on our heads,” said Jean-Paul Volckaert who was woken by the quake in the Puncak hotel.
Many buildings were damaged, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said. Lombok, which is about 100 km east of Bali, is a popular tourist destination, although most resorts have not reported any damage as they are located on the south and west of the island.