Huge Indonesia quake rocks Lombok island

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A powerful quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, just a week after at least 17 people were killed in another natural disaster on the island.

Pictures show damage to buildings and vehicles, residents being evacuated and some people receiving medical treatment.

The USGS slightly downgraded Sunday's quake after initially calling it 7.0-magnitude.

The initial quake occurred on Sunday at 6:46 p.m. local time and was 10.5 kilometers deep off the coast of Lombok, an Indonesian resort island near Bali. It was followed by two aftershocks.

It was the second quake to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world, in a week.

Thirty nine people died after the powerful quake hit about 6.46pm Jakarta time (11.46pm NZ) on Sunday, 27 kilometres north-east of northern Lombok in Indonesia at a 15-kilometre depth.

A policeman examines debris that fell and crushed parked motorbikes following a strong natural disaster on nearby Lombok island, at a shopping centre in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, on August 5, 2018.

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"Delegation thankfully safe though there I was told that there were casualties amongst other guests", he said. "People filled the streets", said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist in Bali told Reuters news agency.

Harian Metro reporter Salman Hamat, who is in the Lombok International Airport, reported that the airport's main terminal building shook as a result of the powerful quake.

The agency issued an early warning for a possible tsunami.

Rescue officials said much of the damage had hit Lombok's main city of Mataram.

Last week's natural disaster stranded more than 500 hikers on a mountain in Lombok.

A 6.4-magnitude quake shook the island July 29, killing more than a dozen people and briefly stranding hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano.

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