Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 82 dead

A second earthquake has hit Lombok one week after the first struck the popular destination island

She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimetres high were detected in three villages.

The magnitude seven tremor struck just 10km underground on Sunday evening local time, with the violent shakes felt as far away as Denpasar.

An Australian tourist who felt the impact of the deadly Indonesian natural disaster has described the scenes of panic and chaos as he and his partner attempted to find their way out of their Bali hotel.

"I also instruct all medical personnel on Lombok Island to provide health services to all affected residents", TGB said.

People react following an natural disaster in Ampenan district, Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 5, 2018, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, said Iwan Asmara, a Lombok disaster official. The depth of the quake was 10.5 kilometres (6 miles) in the northern part of Lombok.

"Walls cracked, it was quite impossible to stand up", he said. Power went out for a while. "Heard screams", he wrote. "Lots of cracks, fallen doors", he wrote.

"Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking".

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The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

"People were panicking. especially because of the early tsunami warning", he said.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he was "very lucky" to escape a deadly quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok unharmed.

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok on July 29, killing 16 people. "The lamp was shaking, and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off", AP quoted Harian, a Lombok woman who gave one name, as saying.

Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.

The Malaysian embassy says those in Lombok as well as students in Bali are safe following the quake which hit yesterday evening.

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

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

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