Quakes kill 12, cut power and topple homes in Indonesia island Lombok

Source US Geographical Survey

The US Geological Survey measured the quake, which was centred in the northeast of the tourist island, at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of 7 kilometres.

The temblors came two weeks after a magnitude 6.9 quake struck Lombok's northwest, killing at least 471 people, according to the latest count.

An quake measuring 7 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Lombok island again on Sunday but no tsunami alert was issued, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

On July 29, another 6.4-magnitude quake left 16 dead, 355 injured and 1,500 buildings damaged.

A second, weaker, natural disaster has rocked the South Pacific this afternoon, four hours after an 8.2 magnitude quake struck the region.

The quake lasting five to 10 seconds also was felt in the neighboring island of Bali and as far away as East Java and Makassar in Sulawesi.

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Earlier, local resident Agus Salim said the powerful tremor jolted him awake Sunday evening.

"The shaking from the daytime quakes toppled motorcycles and damaged buildings in Lombok's Sembalun subdistrict, including a community hall that collapsed".

Video images from an evacuation camp in Lombok showed children and adults taking cover inside makeshift tents. "Everyone ran into the street screaming and crying", he said, adding that a power blackout followed. The geophysicist Jana Pursley said that people have felt the quake, but it was so deep and there might not be any damages caused.

That island is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of an August 5 natural disaster that killed more than 430 people. The earthquakes earlier in August have caused an estimated $US469 million in damage.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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