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Another Powerful Quake Hits Lombok and Bali; No Tsunami Warning

Another Powerful Quake Hits Lombok and Bali; No Tsunami Warning

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks.

Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok was struck by a 7-magnitude quake on August 5.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

The death toll for the earthquakes is believed to have topped 300, with the latest 5.8 magnitude quake further damaging buildings and causing panic.

The number of people on Lombok said to be living under the poverty line is put at more than double the official 2017 national average of 10.12 per cent.

Over the last seven days, a total of 20 earthquakes have hit the region according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.




In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great".

It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Rescue workers look for survivors of Sunday's natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said. The Indonesian Red Cross said Thursday that an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas of the island are still without aid.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced.

"We received information from our area team in West Nusa Tenggara that telecommunication access was down, while many people were still looking for their family members".

It could also be felt on Bali, another popular resort island in Indonesia to Lombok's west.