At least 14 dead as 6.4 magnitude natural disaster strikes Lombok island

An earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok

The quake struck at 6.47 am local time (5.17 am Indian Standard Time), and its epicentre was located 50 km northeast of Mataram city on Lombok, The Guardian reported.

This handout photograph taken on July 29 and released by the Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) shows an Indonesian man (R) standing among the collapsed ruins of a house following the quake. "They have to stay near the lake", he said. Even though tremors were felt in Bali, which is about 200 km away, there was no damage or casualties.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said on Twitter late Sunday that out of 820 people who were on the slopes of the volcano when the quake struck, 246 had been successfully evacuated.

In a short statement to the ABC, the Australian Consulate General in Bali confirmed that no Australians are believed to be among those affected at this stage. Authorities were still monitoring its impact. The roof of a health clinic had collapsed and its walls had cracked.

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He also visited victims to reassure them that the government will support the recovery efforts, including offering assistance to residents whose homes were destroyed.

Thai diplomats based in Jakarta have coordinated with Indonesian officials to pick up the 174 Thai mountaineers who had already come down from the national park.

It is frequently hit by quakes, majority harmless. Shallow earthquakes tend to do more damage than deeper ones.

"Oh my. Long natural disaster here in Bali", she said in an initial post.

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The second struck less than a hour later.

The quake caused considerable structural damage across the popular destination of Lombok.

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

The quake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami.

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The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that a number of British citizens have been reported safe on Lombok following the quake, but would not say whether these included anyone still remaining on the mountain.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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