New quake strikes Lombok island

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 10, 2018

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's natural disaster.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers, centered in the northwest of the island.

The Red Cross previously said aid was struggling to reach the northern parts of the island due to debris from the quake and the ongoing risk of landslides.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, tweeted videos on Thursday showing what appeared to be new damage to buildings and power lines.

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

Thursday's quake could be felt on Bali, another popular Indonesian resort island west of Lombok.

Authorities on the island have urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster.

Residents run in panic as a strong aftershock hits Lombok.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps". "I know stay in the evacuation spot", she said.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

"Falling rubble instantly paralyzed Mary Andoni from the waist down when Indonesia was shaken by one of its deadliest earthquakes in years". More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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.

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