Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

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A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in Sunday's quake and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres (seven and a half miles), centred in the north west of the island.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been struck by another quake days after a tremor that is thought to have killed more than 300 people.

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse.

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" 'It was overwhelming, ' Andoni's 35-year-old brother-in-law, Ilham, said of the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake on the island of Lombok".

Many Indonesian speakers took to Facebook either to tell friends and family that they were safe or to enquire about others.

Authorities made announcements over loudspeakers at evacuation sites, urging people to remain calm and stay inside tents or find open space if they were inside or near buildings.

Tourists had evacuated or left the country themselves following Sunday's quake.

Authorities and global 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.

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Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the natural disaster killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need".

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

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