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Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week

Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week”

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big natural disaster in little more than a week Thursday as an official said the death toll from an earlier quake had topped 220.

An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck, in Lombok on 29 July, 2018.

The latest tremor, the third in over a week, had a magnitude of 6.2, according to Indonesia's geological agency.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency, Thursday's quake struck at a depth of 12.5 miles, originating several miles northwest of Lombok. It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of six miles. Displaced residents living in shelters rushed out of their temporary homes, fearing more destruction to structures already weakened from the previous two quakes.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

BMKG's quake and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's natural disaster.

Aid agencies say the number is likely to increase dramatically as they gain access to the worst-hit parts of the island.

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang.

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. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.



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