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3 dead as earthquake hits Lombok, indonesia

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  • Tsunami warning issued

 

Barely a week after a magnitude-6.4 quake killed 14 people Indonesia’s Lombok island, another major earthquake has hit the tourist island, authorities issued a tsunami warning urging residents to head for higher ground.

Najmul Akhyar, district chief of North Lombok confirmed that at least three people died due to the quake.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude-7 quake struck about 10km underground on Sunday.

The earthquake was felt for several seconds in neighouring Bali, about 100km away, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

“All the hotel guests were running so I did too. People filled the streets,” said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist.

Officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to quickly move away from the ocean.

“Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking,” Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, told local TV.

 

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