Strong aftershock rattles survivors of deadly Indonesian quake

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers, centred in the northwest of the island.

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

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

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

Almost 1500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries from Sunday's quake and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes. Aid workers have found some hamlets hard to reach because bridges and roads were torn up by the disaster.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great".

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse.

Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies.

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi says the tens of thousands people left homeless by Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

He said: 'People are always saying they need water and tarps'. Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

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