Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands

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A strong natural disaster has again struck the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, killing 82 people.

The shallow seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometers underground, according to the US Geological Survey, followed by further secondary quakes and almost two dozen aftershocks.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

Lombok is a popular tourist destination east of Bali.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Sutopo said the death toll had risen to 91 and more than 200 people were seriously injured.

A video of an Indonesian imam stoically reciting evening prayers in Bali as a deadly natural disaster struck neighbouring Lombok has gone viral on social media, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighbourhood in Bali.

"I also instructed all health workers on the island of Lombok to sign in and work to ensure that maximum health care services are provided", Zainul said.

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Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, in Lombok for a regional security meeting, said he and his delegation were eating dinner in their hotel's 12th floor restaurant when the quake struck, plunging the building into darkness and throwing people to the floor.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia, particularly the people of Lombok, where the quake occurred", Mr Turnbull said.

Visitors and locals in Bali and Lombok are in a state of panic after a 7.1 quake and following strong aftershocks hit the resort islands Sunday night.

The tremors initially sparked tsunami fears as model Chrissy Teigen - who is on holiday in nearby Bali with husband John Legend - recounted her terror to her 10.6 million Twitter followers.

She wrote: "I'm either still trembling or these little quakes won't stop".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta was working to get more information following today's natural disaster on the island. We are staying in a treehouse and it was swaying like insane.

One day on, the usually-picturesque holiday hotspot is a scene of mayhem as panic-stricken tourists look to make their getaway as officials evacuate the islands. "It was quite impossible to stand up", he said.

Some airlines added extra flights to help tourists leave the island, while about 1,200 foreign and domestic tourists were evacuated by boat from three Gili islands off Lombok's northwest coast, said Nugroho.

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