Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

A 5.9 magnitude natural disaster hit the Indonesian island of Lombok Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey, an area already struggling to recover from a massive quake that hit Sunday.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been struck by another quake days after a tremor that is thought to have killed more than 300 people.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that information being provided by different agencies needs to be complete before it can be cross-checked and officially verified.

Officials said the quake's epicenter was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Another major tremor rocked the island on Thursday and left frightened survivors of Sunday's quake pouring onto the streets as buildings collapsed.

Facebook apologized for animated balloons and confetti appearing when Indonesian speakers posted messages about Sunday's deadly natural disaster on Indonesia's Lombok Island.

Displaced residents living in shelters rushed out of their temporary homes, fearing more destruction to structures already weakened from the previous two quakes.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

People in Bali, an island 93 miles from Lombok, also reported feeling the quake.

He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

Since the 6.9 quake on Sunday, at least 340 aftershocks have been felt across the island including in neighbouring Bali.

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

But Mr Sutopo said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. "For example, how we can deal with the number of damaged houses, mosques, schools, hospitals".

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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