Monday, 20 August, 2018

Strong aftershock rattles survivors of deadly Indonesian quake

Melinda Barton | 09 August, 2018, 17:13

An aerial view of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah mosque where rescue workers and soldiers search for natural disaster victims in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

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, centred in the north-west of the island. The US Geological Survey has the tremor at a magnitude 5.9.

BMKG's quake and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's natural disaster.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of Sunday's quake in the north of the island said buildings and walls that had already been weakened collapsed, and people ran out onto roads even as rocks tumbled down from hillsides.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

The death toll was reported at a meeting of authorities earlier on Wednesday, local National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) official Iwan Asmara told Antara News.

An aerial view of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah mosque where rescue workers and soldiers search for quake victims in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018. Nugroho said thousands of buildings had been damaged, according to the report.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since the quake.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends", he said.

The magnitude-6.2 tembor followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people, damaged thousands of houses, and left 156,000 people homeless.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it's focusing its relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the island's north where aid still has not reached. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".