The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big natural disaster in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300. The US Geological Survey has the tremor at a magnitude 5.9.
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.
The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 7.0 magnitude quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people.
An imam continued to pray and lead worshippers while a huge quake tore through the mosque in the Indonesian resort of Bali, eliciting praises from every corner of the internet as the video of the incident went viral on social media.More news: Tottenham make £25m bid to sign 22-year-old
The updated figure was announced shortly after a strong aftershock shook the island, where tens of thousands of people have been left homeless.
People ran out onto roads in panic as buildings collapsed in Lombok. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.
A witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.
Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas.More news: Lombok death toll rises sharply, according to local reports
"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".
Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday fearing further earthquakes.
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. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from various government offices.
The Indonesian Red Cross said it's focusing its relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the island's north where aid still has not reached.More news: Chelsea set to sign Real Madrid star in exchange for Courtois
"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said.