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Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

It is the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

The quake occurred in North Lombok district at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

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.

A video posted on Twitter by Indonesia's national disaster agency showed that today's quake caused more buildings and power lines to collapse.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

Nyoman Sidekarya, chief of the provincial search and rescue agency that covers Lombok, told The Associated Press that the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake is now 227.

"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 ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

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.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends", he said.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", Mr Rassi said.

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 Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.