VIDEOS reveal city in chaos as Lombok crumbles under another natural disaster

Cristina Cross
August 10, 2018

So far, 355 aftershocks have been felt following Sunday's magnitude 6.9 quake, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok today, causing panic among evacuees already traumatised by a devastating natural disaster that killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

A strong quake has struck an island in Indonesia, Southeast Asia. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.9. "Some buildings were damaged further because of this".

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

JAKARTA, Indonesia-A powerful aftershock sent thousands of residents of the Indonesian island of Lombok running into the streets and toppled buildings already weakened by Sunday's even stronger quake.

Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water and medical help.

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Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from the other government bodies remained unconfirmed.

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

"Access is tough, because the quake [on Sunday] was so strong and paralyzed a lot of buildings", said Husni, a spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

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