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Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatized survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.

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

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

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic and damage.

Witnesses said people ran into the roads in a panic and some buildings collapsed.




The government says more than 1400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

On Sunday, a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake devastated the tourist island, which has led to the deaths of at least 347 as of Thursday, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to victims of the earlier, larger quake.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75 percent of homes were damaged.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.

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.


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