Eighty two people killed after a deadly earthquake hit the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok and its neighbouring, starting a tsunami warning a week after another quake in the same region killed 16 people.

The magnitude seven earthquake hit about 6.46pm Jakarta time (11.46pm NZ) on Sunday, 27 kilometres north-east of northern Lombok in Indonesia at a 15-kilometre depth.

The epicentre of the quake was the northern slope of Mount Rinjani, near where the previous quake struck a week ago.

Muhammad Rum, the head of the local Disaster Mitigation Office, said most of the fatalities occurred as a result of debris falling from houses that had collapsed in the earthquake.

According to BMKG (the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency), there were 20 aftershocks recorded up to 20.40pm local time. The earthquake was felt in Mataram (the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province) and Bima, and lesser shakes were felt in Denpasar, Kuta, Karangasam (in Bali) and in parts of East Java.

By Ian Dei

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