Indonesia hit by powerful aftershock days after 319 died in quake

Blanche Robertson
August 9, 2018

Indonesia's geological agency said today's aftershock had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 7.5 miles, centred in the north-west of the island.

It is the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

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

Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from the other government bodies remained unconfirmed.

Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies.

Indonesia has been rocked anew by an natural disaster with a magnitude of 5.9, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Nugroho said thousands of buildings had been damaged, according to the report.

A 2nd Earthquake Ravages The Indonesian Island Of Lombok, 37 Reported Dead
A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an quake hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018. These are tweets from Bali and Lombok , both major tourist destinations in Indonesia are coming from visitors in panic.

The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island.

An aerial view of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah mosque where rescue workers and soldiers search for quake victims in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381.

Sunday's quake also sent some 2,500 people to hospital with serious injuries and drove more than 156,000 people from their homes.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

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.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire". In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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