Powerful magnitude 7 earthquake hits Indonesian island of Lombok

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A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.

A tsunami warning was issued in its aftermath but it was lifted several hours later.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10 kilometers underground.
It comes a week after another quake hit the island killing at least 16 people.
Lombak is a popular tourist site for its beaches and hiking trails.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but officials urged people to move away from the ocean.

The tremors prompted a large-scale evacuation of a nearby volcano.

However there were no reports of damage and the operator of the island’s airport said it was operating normally.

BBC/TONY