A fresh strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, causing buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation’s meteorology and geophysics agency.
The strong aftershock today was felt strongly on the island — and in nearby Bali — and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 347 people and damaged thousands of houses.
Tens of thousands of people on Lombok are homeless after a Sunday’s powerful earthquake.
Today’s 6.2 magnitude quake was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the northwest of the island, Indonesia’s geological agency said.
It said it didn’t have the potential to cause a tsunami, because the epicentre of the quake was on land.
A Reuters witness in Lombok said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.
“Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake … People are still traumatised. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.
“The quake was felt strongly. There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.
Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.
A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms.