Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Indonesia quake: Death toll climbs to more than 320

Indonesia quake: Death toll climbs to more than 320

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week. A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Monday's quake.

A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an quake in North Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless on the island.

Witnesses have reported buildings collapsing in the latest series of tremors to hit the island - following Sunday's fatal natural disaster in Lombok.

Another patient at the hospital with one arm in a sling and an IV in the other, 70-year-old Jami-ah, said she had been sleeping in tents with her family in her backyard, fearing a new quake would cause their house to crumble.

The latest aftershock measured magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale and struck northern Lombok on Thursday, August 9 at 8.33pm UTC (9.33pm BST).

"It's estimated the death toll will continue to grow because there are still victims who are suspected of being buried by landslides and collapsed buildings and there are deaths that have not been recorded", Nugroho said.

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.

Tweet translation: Gempabumi 6.2 aftershock SR. just happened in Lombok at 9/8/2018 at 12.25 pm.

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The quake affected the northeast side of the island and didn't have potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

The rise in death toll comes as Facebook apologises for automatically decorating posts about the deadly natural disaster with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields.

"We were stuck in traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our auto was hit from behind, it was so strong", witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.

The powerful quake claimed hundreds of lives, wounded thousands more and displaced over 270,000 people.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

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