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Dozens of tourists have been evacuated from a waterfall site hit by landslides in the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people died, authorities said.

A moderately strong earthquake triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing two people, including a 14-year-old boy, and injuring dozens, officials said.

Hundreds of homes were damaged by the quake.

Rescuers carry a survivor away. Picture: AFP

Rescuers carry a survivor away. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.5 and struck at a depth of 23 kilometres.

The earthquake was felt across the island, panicking residents still recovering from a major quake last August that killed more than 300 people and left thousands homeless.

To date, 58 people have been killed in landslides or flash flooding in the area and thousands have been left homeless.

An injured man gets treatment after the landslide. Picture: AFP

An injured man gets treatment after the landslide. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Sunday’s quake triggered a landslide from Mount Rinjani and hit dozens of tourists at the Tiu Kelep waterfall located in the foothills of the active volcano, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman.

Two Malaysians, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in the landslide, Mr Nugroho said.

He said rescuers managed to evacuate 22 Malaysians and 14 Indonesians from the waterfall site, and 50 others — mostly local surveyors from government institutions, the military and the police — from the mountainous area.

Two moderate earthquakes struck Lombok, triggering the landslides, when around 40 tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall, north of the island. Picture: AFP

Two moderate earthquakes struck Lombok, triggering the landslides, when around 40 tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall, north of the island. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Forty-four people were injured in the quake, including eight Malaysians, Mr Nugroho said. About 500 homes were damaged, including 32 that were flattened. Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Lombok was rocked by several earthquakes last summer, killing more than 500 people and leaving over 150,000 homeless.

Last September, the country was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island which killed around 2200 people.

Source: AAP, AFP