Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas.

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.

"The quake does not have any tsunami potential", Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday's aftershock.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating natural disaster killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts.

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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.

"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.

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

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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