New Panic on Quake Hit Indonesian Island

Jakarta, The Indonesian island of Lombok has

been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of

Sunday’s earthquake.

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

found.

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

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