Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Indonesia hit by powerful aftershock days after 319 died in natural disaster

Birds sit above earthquake-damaged homes in North Lombok Indonesia AP Birds sit above earthquake-damaged homes in North Lombok Indonesia
Kenny Thornton | 09 August, 2018, 19:41

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 (seven and a half miles), centred in the north west of the island.

The natural disaster killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

But disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from those sources was incomplete and hadn't been cross-checked for duplication. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third natural disaster was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

YET ANOTHER powerful quake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombrok, next to Bali.

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse. 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". "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down".

About three-quarters of the island's rural north have been without electricity.

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The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 131 people were killed in Sunday's quake, but other agencies say the death toll has risen to more than 300.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

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

"We are still scared to go into the house. Who will rebuild and how much money and how long it takes".

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