Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Indonesian island of Lombok

The tremor, which killed three people, struck a week after a more severe disturbance led to 17 losing their lives

People are seen next to the ambulance near the Golden Palace Hotel after an earthquake hit Lombok Island, Indonesia August 5, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken August 5, 2018.  Courtesy of YAYAN KOPI/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.  MANDATORY CREDIT
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A major earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok killing three, a week after 17 people were killed on the holiday island.

The latest disturbance had a magnitude of 7.0, and struck 10km underground, the US Geological Survey said.

Officials told local media that at least three people were killed as the event unfolded.

Officials issued a tsunami warning, which was later withdrawn, and urged people to move away from the ocean.

"Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking," Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, told local TV.

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Residents in Lombok's main city Mataram described a strong jolt that sent them running out of their homes.

"Everyone immediately ran out of their homes, everyone is panicking," Iman, a local resident in Mataram, told AFP.

Images from an airport in Bali show tiles falling from the ceiling.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island, killing 17 and damaging hundreds of buildings.

The quake also triggered a landslide which briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.