Third strong earthquake shakes Indonesian tourist island as death toll tops 300

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

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

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when the quake Sunday caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's natural disaster in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, where thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine, and shelter.

This most recent aftershock happened on Thursday and had a magnitude of 5.9.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday's quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters.

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


Emergency workers are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of Lombok as they continue their rescue missions.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

The quake caused some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and Indonesia's meteorology agency.

The Red Cross has said that incident, which killed at least 131 people, was "exceptionally destructive".

Displaced residents living in shelters rushed out of their temporary homes, fearing more destruction to structures already weakened from the previous two quakes.

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

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

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