Quake of magnitude 7 strikes Indonesias Lombok island, Tsunami alert issued

A magnitude 7 earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok

The tremors in Lombok come a week after a powerful 6.4-magnitude natural disaster struck the popular Indonesian tourist destination, killing 14 people and injuring at least 162. Its epicentre was about 2 km east-southeast of Loloan.

The agency's head, Dwikorita Karnawati, later told MetroTV that the tsunami warning had ended.

Footage appearing to show the impact of aftershocks has already appeared online, with one person reporting how they felt the quake from the neighboring Bali island.

The natural disaster struck at 7:46 p.m., local time, and was centered on the northern part of Lombok Island.

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"There is the possibility of a destructive local tsunami near the epicenter", the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Center said in a bulletin.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake struck.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit the island, killing 17 people and damaging hundreds of buildings.

Officials said travellers at the global airports in Bali and Lombok were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but that operations were not disrupted. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees. In late 2004, a magnitude 9.1 quake off the island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in various nations around the Indian Ocean.

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