Mataram: A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 19 people, injuring dozens and shaking neighbouring Bali, a week after another quake on Lombok killed 17 people.
The quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal, where ceiling panels were shaken loose, officials said.
The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the US Geological Survey, struck at a depth of 10.5 kms in the northern part of Lombok.
A tsunami alert was lifted after waves just 15 cms high were recorded in three villages, said the head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, Dwikorita Karnawati. Najmul Akhyar, district chief, of North Lombok, said there was a power blackout so he was unable to assess the entire situation, but 19 people were killed.