Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Another major natural disaster just hit Indonesia

Dozens killed in Indonesia earthquake Facebook sorry that balloons appeared in Indonesia earthquake messages
Sandy Nunez | 10 August, 2018, 17:00

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing the collapse of several buildings.

The quake occurred in North Lombok district at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

While the quake was centred on the island of Lombok, people in nearby Bali were also strongly affected.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 quake that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

This most recent aftershock happened on Thursday and had a magnitude of 5.9.

Journalists reporting on the aftermath of the fatal quake saw people running into the streets in panic.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami", Red Cross representative Husni Husni said.

Even as a second quake has hit Indonesia's Lombok island today, users posting on Facebook after the first fatal natural disaster were shocked to see animated balloons and confetti popping up when sharing their posts.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

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Sunday's natural disaster triggered at least 230 aftershocks, which were expected to continue for the next two weeks.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

The number forced from their homes in the disaster has soared to 270,000, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, with around 1,000 people severely injured.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

Many Indonesian speakers took to Facebook either to tell friends and family that they were safe or to enquire about others.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.