Buildings collapse as strong new quake rocks Indonesia, death toll tops 300
A strong aftershock rocked Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, sparking recent panic on the tropical vacationer island after a sequence of tremors which have killed greater than 150 folks previously two weeks.
Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of final Sunday’s quake within the north of the island mentioned buildings and partitions that had already been weakened collapsed, and folks ran out onto roads even as rocks tumbled down from hillsides.
“Evacuees and folks ran out of homes after they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s catastrophe mitigation company (BNPB), mentioned on Twitter. “Individuals are nonetheless traumatised. Some buildings had been broken additional due to this.”
Officers mentioned the epicentre of the aftershock was on land and so there was no threat of a tsunami.
Death toll nonetheless climbing
The US Geological Survey recorded the most recent quake at 5.9, at a depth of 10 kilometres.
BNPB’s official death toll from Sunday’s 6.9 magnitude quake stood at 131, though some officers put the quantity at 347.
Sutopo didn’t give an up to date toll, telling Reuters solely that there had been “a giant improve”.
A humanitarian disaster can be looming in Lombok, the place 1000’s have been left homeless and in determined want of fresh water, meals, medication and shelter.
‘Please keep calm’
Authorities made bulletins over loudspeakers at evacuation websites after Thursday’s quake, urging folks to stay calm and keep inside tents or discover open house in the event that they had been inside or close to buildings.
“Please keep calm, that is simply an aftershock and it will likely be over quickly, there is not any must be scared,” one official introduced in a relaxed voice.
Officers mentioned about three-quarters of Lombok’s rural north had been with out electrical energy since Sunday, though energy had since been restored in most areas.
Assist employees have discovered some hamlets onerous to succeed in as a result of bridges and roads had been torn up by the catastrophe.
Scared to go inside
Ruslan, a 29-year-old resident of Pemenang on the northwestern shoulder of Lombok, mentioned he had already been anxious about aftershocks earlier than the most recent jolt.
“My coronary heart jumps if even the door slams onerous. It is tough to get used to,” he mentioned. “We’re nonetheless scared to enter the home. On the most we go in rapidly to seize one thing after which run again out.”
1000’s of vacationers have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing additional earthquakes, some on further flights supplied by airways and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Hearth and is usually hit by earthquakes. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 folks in 13 nations, together with greater than 120,000 in Indonesia.
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