Another Powerful Quake Hits Lombok and Bali; No Tsunami Warning

Another strong quake hits Lombok, buildings collapse

Lombok earthquake: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die | Daily Star

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing the collapse of several buildings.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 quake that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

The 5.9-magnitude aftershock quake struck at a shallow depth on Thursday, with its epicentre in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said.

State-run news agency Antara reported overnight 347 had been killed by the quake, but Nugroho said the tally was incomplete and unverified.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali. The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

The death toll from a powerful quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

Some aid agencies have given much higher figures for the toll, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency says those figures are unverified.

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

Another 1447 people have been injured and 165,003 displaced.

Officials have said that the death toll will likely rise as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble.

The Indonesian Red Cross said Thursday that an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas of the island are still without aid.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that information being provided by different agencies needs to be complete before it can be cross-checked and officially verified.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.

"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.

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