A woman stands near an injured person outside of a hospital after an earthquake hit Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 29, 2018. Image Credit: Antara Foto/Zakir/via REUTERS

Jakarta: The death toll from a strong earthquake that struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok has risen to 16, with more than 160 injured.

A villager walks through the ruins of a collapsed house during a search for the equipment of Malaysian tourists who died during the earthquake at the Sembalun Selong village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 29, 2018.  Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/via REUTERS

The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and was felt in nearby Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported.

The powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Lombok on Sunday.

The earthquake killed at least 10 people, some 40 people are injured and dozens of houses were damaged, according to Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency. Social Media

The strong tremor, which sent people running in panic from homes and hotels in the early morning, was followed by two strong secondary quakes and more than 60 aftershocks.

Damage is seen following an earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, July 29, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.  Reuters

"The earthquake killed at least 10 people, some 40 people are injured and dozens of houses were damaged," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

"We estimate the number will keep rising because we are not done collecting data," Nugroho said.

A 30-year old Malaysian woman was among the victims, he said, adding those hurt were hit by debris.

 

The jolt was felt some 100 km away in the bustling holiday island of Bali, although there were no immediate reports of damage there.

As authorities scrambled to assess the damage to buildings and infrastructure, popular trekking trails on the remote Mount Rinjani were closed because of landslides, according to the disaster agency.

"The earthquake was very strong... and everybody in my house panicked, we all ran outside," said Zulkifli, a resident of North Lombok, close to the epicentre.

"All my neighbours also ran outside and the electricity was suddenly cut off," Zulkifli, who goes by one name, told AFP.

The epicentre of the shallow earthquake struck 50 km northeast of Lombok's main city Mataram, the United States Geological Survey said, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.

It said two of the aftershocks measured more than 5-magnitude.

"People in East Lombok and Mataram felt the strong quake for 10 seconds, residents were panicking and running outside of their homes," Nugroho said earlier, adding people had run for open spaces like football fields.

No tsunami alert was issued, according to Indonesia's geophysics and meteorology agency.

At the holiday island's hotels, tourists raced outside as the quake struck soon after dawn.

At the Katamaran Hotel & Resort in Senggigi beach, some 30 guests gathered in the hotel lobby for around half an hour before venturing back to their rooms.

"They calmed down and returned to their room once we explained the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, everything is back to normal now," receptionist Ni Nyoman Suwarningsih told AFP.

Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

It is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless. However, the region remains acutely alert to tremors that might trigger tsunamis.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.