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Third strong quake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

Third strong quake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatized survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.

Indonesia's geological agency said today's aftershock had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 7.5 miles, centred in the north-west of the island.

Officials said the epicenter of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

The Indonesian Red Cross is focusing relief efforts on the northern areas of Lombok where aid has not yet reached.

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for quake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia on August 9, 2018.

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It is the third natural disaster to hit the island in under two weeks.

Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.

He said: 'People are always saying they need water and tarps'.

They tended to an elderly woman with an injured face and hips who'd been knocked over by her grandson as they scrambled from their house. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island. "Overnight the children are cold, they don't have blankets or proper clothing to keep warm", said Hana Yulia, an emergency response worker from the group now in Lombok.