Huge quake strikes Indonesia prompting tsunami warning

The earthwuake sent shockwaves maeasuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

The earthwuake sent shockwaves measuring a magnitude of 7 on the richter scale

A magnitude 7.0 quake struck off the north coast of Indonesia's island of Lombok on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.0 and its epicenter was about 2 kilometers (1 mile) east-southeast of Loloan, with a depth of 10.5 kilometers (6 miles).

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency issued a tsunami warning in the minutes after the quake.

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

The quake struck off the north coast of Lombok island.

An Indonesian official said at least three people were killed by the natural disaster, which struck in the early evening after sunset.

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The quake was about 6.5 miles deep, according to the USGS.

On July 29, a 6.4 magnitude quake has struck off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia followed by 66 aftershocks with the highest of those with a recorded magnitude of 5.7.

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking. In late 2004, a magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off the island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in various nations around the Indian Ocean.

Lombok is known for its beaches, surfing, diving and snorkeling and is home to a sea turtle hatchery.

Indonesia is an archipelago of thousands of islands, which sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

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