Magnitude 6.6 quake hits north-east of Raba, Indonesia: USGS

Blanche Robertson
August 19, 2018

An quake earlier this month rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing more than 400 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, according to the government.

European Union member states, the Netherlands and Spain, have also donated U.S. $570,000 and USA $114,000, respectively, to Indonesia, bringing the total European Union aid to USA $1,4 million.

"The displaced people need assistance as the distribution of aid has not been smooth, or even", he said. He noted that the additional contribution will ensure that the most vulnerable among the victims have the means to cope during this hard time. Both earthquakes affected five districts in West Nusa Tenggara Province: North Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok, Central Lombok and Mataram, with North Lombok the hardest hit.

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia; damage, casualties unlikely

A 6.6 magnitude quake has hit the northeast of the Indonesian city of Raba on the island of Sumbawa, just weeks after an natural disaster in Lombok killed 460 people.

The toll was expected to rise further as emergency services continued to look for victims buried by landslides or under the rubble of collapsed buildings following the August 5 quake, said National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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