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

Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly natural disaster

Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly natural disaster

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been struck by another quake days after a tremor that is thought to have killed more than 300 people.

This video shows hundreds of people being evacuated from the Gili Islands, an archipelago near northwest Lombok, on Monday, August 6, after the quake.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: "Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

A foreign tourist stands near damaged buldings as he tries to flag down a vehicle following a strong natural disaster in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 6, 2018.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

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.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic and damage.

A witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

BMKG's quake and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's natural disaster.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang.

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

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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