Another Powerful Quake Hits Lombok and Bali; No Tsunami Warning

Pauline Gross
August 9, 2018

A strong natural disaster hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse.

"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks. "People are still traumatized". Local authorities reported it to be a 6.2-magnitude quake.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming.

Several agencies have been releasing higher death toll figures than the 131 announced on Wednesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which has a coordinating role in disaster relief. Displaced residents living in shelters rushed out of their temporary homes, fearing more destruction to structures already weakened from the previous two quakes.

The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude quake struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west.

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"Please stay calm, this is just an aftershock and it will be over soon, there's no need to be scared", one official announced in a calm voice.

Rescue workers look for survivors of Sunday's quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Aid workers have found some hamlets hard to reach because bridges and roads were torn up by the disaster.

Now in Ubud, he said everyone ran out of their hotels during the latest aftershock. "For example, how we can deal with the number of damaged houses, mosques, schools, hospitals".

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

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

People are seen running out of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

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