Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly quake


Another major quake hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, days after a massive magnitude-6.9 natural disaster on Sunday evening killed more than 300 people.

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

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the island, a popular destination for foreign tourists, on Sunday evening, killing at least 131 local people and leaving about 150,000 homeless.

Many people remain trapped under the rubble in the city waiting to be rescued, and today's quake is likely to trap more.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

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A Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

Another natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok as the community battles to recover from Sunday's quake.

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

At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children.

He said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

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'She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the north of the island.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

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. "For example, how we can deal with the number of damaged houses, mosques, schools, hospitals".

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 quake that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

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