Major earthquakes strike near Fiji and in Indonesia’s Lombok island

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Earlier on Sunday, a 6.3-magnitude tremor struck Lombok just weeks after a 7.0-magnitude quake killed more than 430 people on the island.

The natural disaster, which struck at 9:56 p.m. local time on Sunday, was centered about 4 kilometers (2 miles) south of Belanting village in northeast Lombok.

There was no immediate official information about damage or casualties. I had just fallen asleep when suddenly it started to shake. The lights went out, they are still out.

Lombok has suffered more than 5 trillion rupiah ($NZ500 million) in damage following the 5 August quake, authorities said last week.

"People panicked and scattered", said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. "People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage", USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley told Reuters.

The quake caused landslides on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano, and panic in villages, according to an Associated Press reporter on Lombok.

The quake's depth at 347.7 miles (560 km) would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

"It lasted a few seconds but we all felt it here".

Dubbed "The Island of a Thousand Mosques", Muslim-majority Lombok is a less popular destination than its neighbour Bali, the Hindu-majority island that is the backbone of Indonesia's $19.4 billion tourist sector.

The biggest quake in recent weeks - of 6.9 magnitude - killed more than 460 people on 5 August. The nighttime quake was followed by strong aftershocks.

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