Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

Another quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok Island on Thursday.

Today's natural disaster was the third big trmor to hit Lombok in little more than a week but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

More than 345 people are now reported to have died in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude quake which struck the island of Lombok last week, and many have taken to social media to show their support or reach out to friends and family.

Indonesia's national disaster agency is insisting the death toll from the Lombok quake still stands at 131 after other government agencies including the military gave much higher figures. It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

USA natural disaster monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

Another major tremor rocked the island on Thursday and left frightened survivors of Sunday's quake pouring onto the streets as buildings collapsed.

Facebook apologized Wednesday after users posting about a deadly quake in Indonesia had their messages covered in balloons and confetti.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

The death toll of Sunday's quake now stands at 319 but is likely to rise, according to Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok issued different death tolls on Wednesday that ranged from 226 to 381.

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

A total of 164 people were now confirmed dead in the quake, Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

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 prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the island's main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.

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