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  • People react following an earthquake in Ampenan district, Mataram, Lombok.

    People react following an earthquake in Ampenan district, Mataram, Lombok. | Photo: Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/ via Reuters

Published 5 August 2018
Opinion

The quake comes a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and prompted a large-scale evacuation of a volcano popular with hikers.

Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7 earthquake on Sunday, prompting a tsunami warning and panic among holidaymakers and residents.

A few hours later Indonesia lifted the tsunami warning. Officials said airports on both islands were operating normally despite minor damage.

"Both airports are operating as normal, now we are cleaning up the airports. Some parts of the ceiling have fallen off, but no one is hurt," said Handy Heryudhitiawan, corporate secretary at operator Angkasa Pura 1, which runs both airports.

The quake, which struck at a depth of 15km off the north coast of Lombok, comes a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and prompted a large-scale evacuation of a volcano popular with hikers.

Officials told local media that at least three people were killed as a result of the earthquake, according to the Associated Press.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, 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.

"A lot of officials were urging people not to panic." Other witnesses said the quake got stronger over several seconds and rattled windows and doors in their frames.

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