Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Sunday's quake triggered at least 230 aftershocks, which were expected to continue for the next two weeks.

The 5.9-magnitude aftershock struck on Thursday, further weakening any buildings still standing in the wake of Sunday's 7.0 quake and a 6.4 tremor on July 29.

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.

Indonesia's geological agency said the latest big tremor had a magnitude of 6-point-2 and occured at a depth of 12 kilometers.

The Thursday quake destroyed buildings and caused more injuries, according to several reports.

Officials have said around three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power has been restored in most areas.

Because of the magnitude of the quake, a large amount of telecommunications infrastructure in Lombok was damaged, but this did not affect the network and range of Net1 Indonesia 4G LTE. Aid agencies say the number is likely to increase dramatically as they gain access to the worst-hit parts of the island.

A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday's quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

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The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi.

"We received information from our area team in West Nusa Tenggara that telecommunication access was down, while many people were still looking for their family members".

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire, " an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean Basin.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last natural disaster happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

Thursday's quake could be felt on Bali, another popular Indonesian resort island west of Lombok.

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