Powerful tremor hits Indonesia days after quake kills 350

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Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for quake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Kan Hyeong-woo has the latest.

The deadly 6.9-magnitude natural disaster hit the Indonesian island on Sunday night, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

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

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful natural disaster, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

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For residents of Lombok and surrounding islands, many saw their homes destroyed, with the collapse of roofs and walls causing the majority of casualties from the quake.

Another Indonesian government agency has put the figure at 381, a significant increase from figure of 131 reported on Wednesday.

"People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic".

"Then the side pillar cracked and snapped, like a lumberjack breaking wood with his bare hands", said Mr Tahar, describing to The New Paper yesterday how part of the building had collapsed.

Meanwhile national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said three ships were used to transfer about 1,000 people from the islands to safety, local news site Detik News reported.

Despite the mammoth recovery efforts ahead, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that global aid was not yet needed.

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It is the third quake to hit the island in under two weeks.

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 quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

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.

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