Jakarta, The Indonesian island of Lombok has
been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of
The latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9 or 6.2, according
to monitors. It brought down some buildings.
Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to
get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake.
The Red Cross says that incident, which was magnitude 6.9
and killed at least 131, was “exceptionally destructive”.
Some villages had “completely collapsed”, said a Red Cross
official in Lombok.
While the official death toll from national authorities stands at
131, provincial officials say 226 people have died. Local media are
reporting figures as high as 347.
The government says more than 1,400 people were injured
and more than 156,000 displaced.
The national disaster agency has said all those numbers are
likely to increase, as more information comes in and more victims are
The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending
people running into the streets in panic. No tsunami warning was
issued, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency