Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week


As of August 8, a total 347 people were killed and 1,500 were injured.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

The announcement comes after an inter-agency meeting that was convened to resolve wildly different figures for deaths from different agencies.

"We saw everybody leaving in boats but no boat came to us", he said.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

Sumiati, 27, was giving birth as the quake hit, and had to flee with her one day old baby to an evacuation spot.

"She was praying when the quake happened", said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name. "Telecommunication access in Lombok and its surrounding was down when people urgently need to contact and update their conditions to family and relatives", revealed Tri Budiprayitno, Head of Kominfo Office in West Nusa Tenggara Province. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends".

Over the last seven days, a total of 20 earthquakes have hit the region according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced.

Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

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

"Many patients here have broken bones and we handle it as much as possible because the hospital is damaged, impossible to do surgery and treat patients with severe injuries", she said. There were too many other injured and dead.

"Her son managed to get out from the house when the natural disaster hit but the grandmother and grandson were left behind", said a relative Nani Wijayanti. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard". It struck at a depth of 10km (6 miles). Indonesia, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is an area of great seismic and volcanic activity, and is shaking each year by some 7,000 telluric movements of varying intensity.

The tremor is the latest in a series of aftershocks to rock the Indonesian island which sits on the Ring of Fire in the Indian Ocean, after a deadly magnitude 6.9 natural disaster struck on Sunday.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.