New quake strikes Lombok island

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A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Sunday's quake triggered at least 230 aftershocks, which were expected to continue for the next two weeks.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

The death toll from a magnitude 6.9 quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and may go higher still, officials say. The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said that yesterday's aftershock, one of the more than 300 registered by that entity, was the strongest one, although it did not have to activate the tsunami warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok was struck by a 7-magnitude natural disaster on August 5.

The government says more than 1,400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

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Tweet translation: Gempabumi 6.2 aftershock SR. just happened in Lombok at 9/8/2018 at 12.25 pm.

This caring action is part of Net1 Indonesia's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to relieve the burden of victims affected by the Lombok quake, which killed 113 people, injured 236 people and thousands others homeless caused of severe damage.

Most of the people who died in Sunday's tremor were in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Authorities and worldwide relief groups have begun organising aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Almost 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.

"We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our auto was hit from behind, it was so strong", witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.

Those without homes now have been accommodated in shelters and tents and authorities have also built makeshift tents with medical facilities to treat the injured.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

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