The earthquake, at a depth of seven kilometers, was on land and did not trigger a tsunami. It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the largest recorded at a magnitude of 5.7. The electricity was suddenly cut off and a general chaos followed the earthquake. Tourists were panicked and escaped from hotels. At least 14 people were killed and more than 160 people were injured. Many injured people were treated outside a damaged clinic. 67 are hospitalized with serious injuries. Thousands of homes are damaged, officials say.
East Lombok district was the hardest hit with 10 deaths, including a Malaysian tourist. A spokesman for the country’s disaster agency said that most casualties occurred when victims were hit by debris and falling blocks of concrete. Mount Rinjani National Park, a popular destination for trekkers, has been closed due to landslides. Rescuers evacuated more than 800 tourists from the mountain.The strong earthquake was also felt in Bali. Television footage showed residents remaining outside, fearing aftershocks. 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.