Yet another earthquake jolts Lombok island, triggers panic
Bangkok, Aug 9: Four days after a 6.9-magnitude quake left over 150 people dead in Indonesia's Lombok island, a 5.9-magnitude quake shook Lombok today, triggering panic among locals.
The 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday's quake.
"The quake was felt strongly. There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, as per an AFP report.
The earthquake that hit Lombok island on Sunday in Indonesia left a trail of destruction. More than 70,000 people were left homeless in the deadly earthquake. Some 236 people were severely injured, with tens of thousands of homes damaged.
Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday's aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage due to Sunday's quake.