A POWERFUL earthquake has rocked the popular Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least three just a week after another major quake killed 17 people.
Najmul Akhyar, district chief of North Lombok, told MetroTV that there was an electrical blackout so he was unable to assess the entire situation, but that at least three people had been killed.
The quake recorded a magnitude of seven and struck just 10 km underground, according to the US Geological Survey.
Australia’s Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, who is in Lombok for a counter-terrorism meeting, told the Sydney Morning Heraldthat the quake “was powerful enough to put us on the floor”.
“We were up on the 12th floor, the lights went out and we were able to evacuate,” Mr Dutton said.
“I think we were pretty lucky in the end.”
Indonesian officials had originally issued a tsunami warning, urging people to move away from the ocean, shortly after the earthquake struck but the alert has since been lifted.
Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told MetroTV that the tsunami warning has ended.
She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimeters high were detected in three villages.