New quake strikes Lombok island

 9news.com.au  8/9/2018 3:04:13 PM  3  

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week today as an official said the death toll from an earlier quake had topped 300.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centred in the northeast of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

9NEWS has confirmed two people have lost their life - an elderly couple, crushed in their home. 

Footage showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings.

In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great."

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The aftershock caused more "trauma," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The latest quake comes after the death toll from Sunday’s disaster jumped.

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency tweeted that refugees and community members poured out of buildings in fright when the nw quake struck. There are reports more buildings have collapsed. 

Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, told reporters the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from various government offices.

Foreigners help an Indonesian survivor woman in Gili Trawangan island after an earthquake struck northern Lombok.
Foreigners help an Indonesian survivor woman in Gili Trawangan island after an earthquake struck northern Lombok. (AAP)

"We are taking action as fast as we can to handle this disaster," he said.

Nguroho said in statement that the death toll will continue to rise because rescue workers are still finding victims in the ruins of collapsed buildings and some people who are already buried are not yet included in the official toll.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since Sunday's quake.

A girl injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok.
A girl injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok. (AAP)

The Red Cross said it was focusing relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people yet to get any assistance.

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when the quake Sunday caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay inside covered in a white cloth.

"She was praying when the earthquake happened," said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name. "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down. Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends," he said.

Nearly 1500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries from Sunday's quake and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes. 

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island.

Water - which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell – as well as food and medical supplies have also been distributed from trucks.

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