Lombok quake: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

Lombok quake: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

Kan Hyeong-woo has the latest.

A magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island after a series of tremors that have killed more than 150 people in the past two weeks.

A magnitude-6.2 natural disaster occurred onshore on the northern part of Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara on Thursday afternoon (09/08), while the search for victims of Sunday's deadly quake continues.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami", Red Cross representative Husni Husni said.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday.

The announcement comes after an inter-agency meeting that was convened to resolve wildly different figures for deaths from different agencies. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

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

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

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.

But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the quake killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need".

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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