Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

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.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's quake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

"People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic". As a result of the seismic activity in the region, it is estimated that more than 1,400 are seriously injured and 270,000 are displaced. "They do not have a water supply and not enough food", Tasman told AFP, after visiting Karang Bajo village in the island's north. "Children are the most vulnerable".

The Red Cross called the Sunday incident "exceptionally destructive".

But Thursday's quake destroyed his house, which completely collapsed, he said.

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Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of the mosque, reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself. "This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings", the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

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

While exchanging messages on Facebook about the quake, many Indonesian speakers used the word "selamat", which has several meanings including "safe", "unhurt" or "congratulations" depending on the context.

"Net1 is responding to fulfil the need of telecommunication and internet access, which was down when people urgently need to contact and update their conditions to family and relatives", said Tri Budiprayitno, Head of Kominfo Office in West Nusa Tenggara Province.

A woman collects some of her children's clothes in the ruin of her home destroyed by an natural disaster in North Lombok, Indonesia, Friday, Aug.10, 2018. Many were also dehydrated. Doctors at another Lombok hospital had to amputate it. "They're too weak to get here on their own, so we need to go to them".

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless following Sunday's shake.

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