Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week

Blanche Robertson
August 10, 2018

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency, Thursday's natural disaster struck at a depth of 12.5 miles, originating several miles northwest of Lombok.

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the island, a popular destination for foreign tourists, on Sunday evening, killing at least 131 local people and leaving about 150,000 homeless. People are still traumatised.

Motorcycles parked on the street were seen toppled over, while the walls of other nearby buildings collapsed.

Facebook users writing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which roughly translates to "unhurt" or "survive"- when referring to the 7.0-magnitude quake reported seeing confetti and balloons when they were writing messages of sympathy to their friends and family on social media".

The rise in death toll comes as Facebook apologises for automatically decorating posts about the deadly quake with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

"This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings", the agency said in a statement.

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

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"The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said.

"Please stay calm, this is just an aftershock and it will be over soon, there's no need to be scared", one official announced.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's natural disaster.

Rescuers are finding some remote areas hard to reach because bridges and roads have been destroyed by the natural disaster.

Now in Ubud, he said everyone ran out of their hotels during the latest aftershock. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said. "At the most we go in quickly to grab something and then run back out".

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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