Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

Leroy Wright
August 9, 2018

The powerful 6.9-magnitude natural disaster that struck the island of Lombok has left more than 130 people dead and displaced thousands.

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency, Thursday's quake struck at a depth of 12.5 miles, originating several miles northwest of Lombok.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

Facebook users writing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which roughly translates to "unhurt" or "survive"- when referring to the 7.0-magnitude quake reported seeing confetti and balloons when they were writing messages of sympathy to their friends and family on social media".

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 7.0 quake that killed at least 131 people and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

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Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said.

AP This unnamed girl was treated in Mataram Lombok, Indonesia on Thursday after she was injured in the quake. They tended to an elderly woman with an injured face and hips who'd been knocked over by her grandson as they scrambled from their house.

It is the third natural disaster to hit the island in under two weeks. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. More than 120,000 Indonesians were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which led to a total death toll of 226,000 people in 13 countries.

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