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At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia's Lombok, Bali islands

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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 82 people were killed on Sunday when Indonesia's resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali. On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

A policeman examines debris that fell and crushed parked motorbikes following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island, at a shopping center in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia  August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo © Thomson Reuters A policeman examines debris that fell and crushed parked motorbikes following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island, at a shopping center in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

The area continued to be rattled by aftershocks from the quake, which occurred days after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on July 29, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency placed Sunday's death toll at 82, more than doubling its earlier figure of 32. Many of the dead were from northern and western parts of Lombok.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his 10th-floor hotel room shook violently and walls cracked.

"It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams," he wrote. "Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors."

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Foreign tourists and hotel staff stand on the street afer being evacuated in Bali's capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018, after a major earthquake rocked neighbouring Lombok island. - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok on August 5, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert, just a week after a quake killed 17 people on the holiday island. The latest tremor had a magnitude of seven and struck just 10 km underground according to the US Geological Survey. It was followed by two aftershocks. (Photo by Hendra Broetal / AFP)        (Photo credit should read HENDRA BROETAL/AFP/Getty Images) © HENDRA BROETAL/AFP/Getty Images Foreign tourists and hotel staff stand on the street afer being evacuated in Bali's capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018, after a major earthquake rocked neighbouring Lombok island. - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok on August 5, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert, just a week after a quake killed 17 people on the holiday island. The latest tremor had a magnitude of seven and struck just 10 km underground according to the US Geological Survey. It was followed by two aftershocks. (Photo by Hendra Broetal / AFP) (Photo credit should read HENDRA BROETAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

Travelers at the international airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

"All the hotel guests were running, so I did too. People filled the streets," said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic."

Other witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.

The country's disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea. However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a meter was later withdrawn.

Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.

TOPSHOT - An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck, in Lombok on July 29, 2018. - A powerful earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok killed at least 10 people, injured dozens and damaged hundreds of homes on July 29, officials said. (Photo by Aulia AHMAD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read AULIA AHMAD/AFP/Getty Images) © AULIA AHMAD/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck, in Lombok on July 29, 2018. - A powerful earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok killed at least 10 people, injured dozens and damaged hundreds of homes on July 29, officials said. (Photo by Aulia AHMAD / AFP) (Photo credit should read AULIA AHMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

(Additional reporting by Tabita Diela, Jessica Damiana, Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor and John Chalmers; Editing by Bill Trott and Susan Thomas)

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