Popular Indonesian island hit by second earthquake in a week

A strong earthquake has hit Indonesia (David Cheskin/PA) Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia’s popular tourist island of Lombok.

[**The quake came a week after another in the same area killed more than a dozen people.**](http://Death toll rises after earthquake hits Indonesian tourist island)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the latest quake has the potential to trigger a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.0 and its epicentre was about one mile east-southeast of Loloan, with a depth of six miles.

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok, which is just east of Bali, on July 29, killing 16 people.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.