Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed almost 400

Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed almost 400

It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

"Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an natural disaster in North Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

A fresh quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, August 9, pushing the death toll up to 319. It struck northwest of Lombok, which is close to Bali, but the agency said it would not cause a tsunami.

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The death toll for the earthquakes is believed to have topped 300, with the latest 5.8 magnitude quake further damaging buildings and causing panic.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", said Mr Rassi. He also says they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

'When the quake struck [on Thursday], the employees immediately jumped out'. As a result of the seismic activity in the region, it is estimated that more than 1,400 are seriously injured and 270,000 are displaced.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced. It was one of hundreds of aftershocks since the original quake on Sunday; more are expected to hit in the days to come.

However, he said today the "death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details.

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Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

Officials said that the toll in the earlier tremor was expected to go higher as rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors, the BBC reported.

"The Indonesian Red Cross, supported by worldwide partners, will accompany families and communities to help them recover from the impact of these earthquakes and increase their resilience to future shocks".

He said they had later found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises.

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