Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

As the aid effort stepped up, volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake.

Facebook has been forced to apologise after users posting about Sunday's deadly natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok saw their messages trigger animations of celebratory balloons and confetti.

At least 347 people have been confirmed dead after a 6.9-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media, citing an emergency official.

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.

The Red Cross has said that incident, which killed at least 131 people, was "exceptionally destructive".

Officials said the quake's epicenter was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse.

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

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, governor of the West Nusa Tenggara region which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit places.

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. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381.

"She was praying when the quake happened", said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

The Indonesian Red Cross said it's focusing its relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the island's north where aid still has not reached.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.

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