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10 August 2018, 04:58 | Edward Lowe
The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok
The 6.2-magnitude quake Thursday hit the northwest coast, where Sunday's 7.0-magnitude temblor had damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced as many as 270,000 people.
A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.
A strong natural disaster has struck an island in Indonesia, Southeast Asia.
At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.
The United States Geological Survey recorded the latest quake at 5.9, at a depth of 10 km (six miles). On Tuesday, the government estimated up to 20,000 people were still in need of assistance in northern Lombok, with around 80% of buildings destroyed.
Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.
The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.
Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.
Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding. "I know stay in the evacuation spot", she said.
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