Lombok Island rocked by another tremor

An Indonesian woman cries next to her childern shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island today.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok today, with witnesses reporting collapsed buildings, the latest in a series of tremors on the tropical tourist island that have killed hundreds of people.

The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday’s quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed.

“Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2-magnitude quake… People are still traumatised. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

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

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10km.

BNPB’s official death toll from Sunday’s quake stood at 131 on Wednesday, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347. Sutopo did not give an updated toll, telling Reuters only that there had been “a big increase”.


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