Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

Leroy Wright
August 9, 2018

The deadly 6.9-magnitude quake hit the Indonesian island on Sunday night, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

The latest tremor, the third in over a week, had a magnitude of 6.2, according to Indonesia's geological agency.

The island is a popular holiday spot and thousands of tourists have now left.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the north-west of the island. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third quake was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

USA quake monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

Sunday's quake also sent some 2,500 people to hospital with serious injuries and drove more than 156,000 people from their homes.

BMKG's quake and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's natural disaster.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the natural disaster that shook Indonesia's Lombok island.

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

There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

Officials said the death toll had now risen to 319 and tens of thousands of people are homeless.

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Monday's quake.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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