Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Strong quake again hits Indonesia's Lombok island

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok
Pablo Mccormick | 10 August, 2018, 04:13

The aftershock came 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.

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

The magnitude-5.9 natural disaster struck close to the epicentre of Sundays 6.9 quake on Lombok, with a depth of 10km (6 miles). "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for natural disaster victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

However, he said Thursday the "death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details.

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The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

He estimated 75 per cent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

Sunday's quake came only days after a slightly smaller one, which killed at least 16 people. "It's hard to get used to", he said.

"The quakes have left hospitals crowded with around 1,500 injured, and thousands of displaced are living in temporary shelters, or in the rubble of homes", he says. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends, ' he said.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday.

Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

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Indonesia is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Rescue workers look for survivors of Sunday's quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed. There were too many other injured and dead. 'There was no way to get her out'.

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