Jakarta: At least 82 people were killed and over 100 injured as a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on Richter scale rocked Indonesian island of Lombok, a government official said on Monday.
Hundreds were injured and thousands of homes were damaged in the quake that struck the island on Sunday evening, the second deadly quake to hit the popular tourist island in a week.
The jolt forced thousands of people to flee their homes and evacuation of the quake-affected people was underway, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
The tremblor hit the hardest Lombok Utara district, Lombok Timur district and Mataram, the provincial capital of West Nusa Tenggara, all situated in Indonesia's tourist destination of Lombok Island, said Sutopo Purwo.
"Most of the victims were hit by debris and falling blocks of concrete," he said.
The quake triggered panic in the island and nearby Bali island as well as East Java province and people rushed out of homes and buildings, said Mr Purwo.
Rescue efforts were hampered overnight by power outages, broken bridges and a lack of phone reception in some areas, making it difficult for the agency to immediately assess the full extent of the damage.
The tremblor was also felt strongly in nearby Bali Island and East Java province, and some damages were found in the island, including a mall shopping center and buildings, added Mr Sutopo.
A week ago, on July 29, Lombok Island was struck by a 6.4 magnitude quake, leaving 17 people dead, 365 of others injured and 8,871 people displaced as the jolts destroyed 14,940 houses, the disaster agency said in a statement.
The quake also cut off escape routes in a mountain, a favorite tourist destination, trapping over 1,000 foreign and domestic tourists, fortunately all of them were rescued, the statement added.