Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Lombok natural disaster: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report Policemen stand by as rescuers search for survivors at a mosque in Lombok Island Indonesia
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 21:38

Another powerful natural disaster has rocked Indonesia, adding further destruction to the already-ruined Lombok island.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the north-west of the island.

"The natural disaster does not have any tsunami potential", Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday's aftershock.

The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's quake.

The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

Authorities made announcements over loudspeakers at evacuation sites after Thursday's quake, urging people to remain calm and stay inside tents or find open space if they were inside or near buildings.

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Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday's aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage. He says the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

The Red Cross has said that incident, which killed at least 131 people, was "exceptionally destructive".

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

"We will make a new roadmap for what we are going to do after this emergency response is finished", he said.

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. "Who will rebuild and how much money and how long it takes".