At least 3 dead, 12 hurt as 6.4 quake hits Indonesia island

July 29, 2018 2:37 AM

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - A shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake early Sunday killed at least three people and injured a dozen others on Indonesia's Lombok Island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali.

The quake damaged dozens of single-story houses and taller buildings and was felt in a wider area, including in Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 7 kilometres (4.4 miles).

In East Lombok province and the provincial capital of Mataram, it lasted about 10 seconds, sending residents to flee their homes onto streets and fields, said Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

He said the three fatalities and injuries were caused by falling slabs of concrete.

Source: thestar.com

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