Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people and damaged thousands of houses.

"The quake 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 governor of the province that includes Lombok where the quake was centered, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

He told the Jakarta Globe that "residents panicked and ran from their shelters" and "several buildings were further damaged".

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

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.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since Sunday's quake. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends", he said.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last natural disaster happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

"We will make a new roadmap for what we are going to do after this emergency response is finished", he said. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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