A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and leaving dozens injured, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.

The latest quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal, where ceiling panels were shaken loose, authorities said.

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighbourhood and vehicles rocking. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation centre.

Disaster agency official have told Indonesian TV that the death toll has risen to 39.

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The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the US Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 10.5 kilometres in the northern part of Lombok.

"I was watching TV when I felt a big shake," said Harian, a Lombok woman who uses one name. "The lamp was shaking and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off."

A tsunami warning was lifted after waves just 15 centimetres high were recorded in three villages, said the head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, Dwikorita Karnawati.

Residents wait as they evacuate to higher ground following an earthquake in Lombok, which triggered a temporary tsunami warning. Photo / AP
Residents wait as they evacuate to higher ground following an earthquake in Lombok, which triggered a temporary tsunami warning. Photo / AP
Debris on top of a motorcycles after the earthquake was felt in Bali, Indonesia. Photo / AP
Debris on top of a motorcycles after the earthquake was felt in Bali, Indonesia. Photo / AP

Najmul Akhyar, district chief of North Lombok, told MetroTV that there was an electrical blackout so he was unable to assess the entire situation.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt strongly across Lombok and Bali and had damaged houses on both islands.

Iwan Asmara, a Lombok disaster official, said people poured out of their homes in panic to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, which includes Lombok.

People affected by the earthquake rest at a temporary shelter in Lombok, Indonesia. Photo / AP
People affected by the earthquake rest at a temporary shelter in Lombok, Indonesia. Photo / AP
The quake was recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the US Geological Survey.
The quake was recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the US Geological Survey.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation. There had been a half hour evacuation at the Lombok airport following the quake because the electricity went off. TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok 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.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

- AP