Lombok hit by another strong quake

  • Lombok hit by another strong quake

Lombok hit by another strong quake

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure.

The quake which hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Sunday evening killed at least 347 people, and officials say the death toll is likely to increase.

U.S. natural disaster monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

On Sunday, a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake devastated the tourist island, which has led to the deaths of at least 347 as of Thursday, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful quake on Sunday.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

The Red Cross said it was focusing relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people yet to get any assistance.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

Another powerful quake has rocked Indonesia, adding further destruction to the already-ruined Lombok island.

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

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.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said. "For example, how we can deal with the number of damaged houses, mosques, schools, hospitals".

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

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.