Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

Houses damaged by an natural disaster are seen in North Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

According to Indonesia's national disaster agency, the death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 as of Wednesday, but local media are reporting figures as high as 381.

"There's a massive rush of people wanting to get out of Lombok because of unfounded rumours, such as of a tsunami", said Muhammad Faozal, the head of the tourism agency in West Nusa Tenggara province.

Between July 29 (local time) and August 10 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded 30 earthquakes on or close to the island of Lombok, with more than 20 above 4.5 on the Richter scale in intensity.

Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday today, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies.

Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok was struck by a 7-magnitude quake on August 5.

Witnesses saw in the provincial capital Mataram people injured by the tremor and a hospital moved patients outside.

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Several agencies have been releasing higher death toll figures than the 131 announced on Wednesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which has a coordinating role in disaster relief.

Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake. So far, the worst damage occurs in North Lombok with 78 death toll.

Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in Sunday's quake and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

Lombok, a popular and less developed tourist destination than neighbouring Bali, was hit by three strong quakes in little over a week and has endured more than 500 aftershocks.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

Motorcycles parked on the street were seen toppled over, while the walls of other nearby buildings collapsed.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.

Those without homes now have been accommodated in shelters and tents and authorities have also built makeshift tents with medical facilities to treat the injured.

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