JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian resort island of Lombok Sunday evening, triggering a tsunami warning and prompting panicked residents and visitors to flee to safety.
The magnitude 7.0 quake off Lombok’s north coast was felt on the resort island of Bali, just to the west. Television footage showed residents and tourists fleeing for cover on both islands.
Indonesia’s national Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency reported that the earthquake struck at 6:45 p.m. western Indonesian time. It occurred in the same area that a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of July 29, killing 17 people and injuring more than 160.
That quake sent villagers fleeing into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings.
The agency initially reported that Sunday’s earthquake did not generate a tsunami, but within minutes put out a warning that a possible tsunami had formed off the north coast of Lombok.