Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 13

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A shallow magnitude-6.9 quake that hit at about 10pm was one of several powerful earthquakes on Sunday in the north-east of the island that also caused landslides.

The strong tremors come just hours after a magnitude 6.3 natural disaster struck west-southwest of Belanting town in East Lombok, sedning people fleeing into the streets fearing for their lives.

Multiple earthquakes - including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor - struck Indonesia's Lombok on Sunday, sending fresh panic coursing through the already battered island.

"The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said one person died from a heart attack during the biggest of the daytime quakes and almost 100 houses near the epicenter were severely damaged.

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"The [first] quake caused people to panic and flee their houses", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's national disaster agency, told Metro TV.

The latest quakes struck Sunday, with the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday. It was felt on the neighboring island of Bali and was preceded a few minutes earlier by a magnitude 5.4 quake, also in Lombok's northeast.

"The natural disaster was incredibly strong. Everything was shaking", Agus Salim told AFP. "Everyone ran into the street screaming and crying".

It was followed almost 12 hours later by a quake measuring 6.9 magnitude and a string of powerful aftershocks.

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The Indonesian island of Lombok was hit with a series of deadly earthquakes on Sunday.

Lombok is still reeling from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people.

Earthquakes earlier on Sunday caused landslides on Rinjani, an active volcano.

More than 1,800 houses were damaged, at least half of them severely, he said.

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The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire and there have been several aftershocks of magnitude 5.4 today.

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