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Earthquake Kills At least 14 On Indonesian Island

Indonesia, Lombok Timur, A villager walks through the ruins of a collapsed house during a search for the equipment of Malaysian tourists

At least 14 people were killed and more than 160 others injured after a powerful earthquake struck a popular Indonesian tourist destination, officials say.

Thousands of homes were also damaged after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the central Indonesian island of Lombok on July 29, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.

Nugroho said the number of casualties could increase as data was still being collected.

One Malaysian was among those killed, according to Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry.

The earthquake was followed by dozens of smaller quakes.

Lombok island attracts tourists from around the world and is located about 40 kilometers east of the holiday island of Bali, although there were no immediate reports of damage there.

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Rim.

In December 2004, a massive undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, triggered a tsunami that killed more than 220,000 people in a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa