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New 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island

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A shallow earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude rocked Lombok island in central Indonesia on Sunday evening, but no tsunami alert was issued, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.

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The quake struck at 21:56 p.m. local time (1456 GMT) with an epicenter 30 km northeast East Lombok district of West Nusa Tenggara province and a depth of 10 km, Indra Rahma from the agency said.

"This quake is an aftershock of the 7.0-magnitude one that rattled Lombok island on Aug. 5. But this one did not potentially trigger a tsunami," he told Xinhua. The earthquake was measured by the U. S. Geological Survey as 6.9-magnitude.

Earlier in the day, a 6.5-magnitude quake hit the island, leaving 1 person dead and dozens of houses and building damaged, according to spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Indonesia is prone to earthquake as it sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone of "the Pacific Ring of Fire."

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