Indonesian natural disaster: Facebook 'regrets' celebration animations

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for earthquake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram Lombok Indonesia

A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Lombok was hit a week earlier by a 6.4 quake that killed 16 people.

More than 345 people are now reported to have died in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude quake which struck the island of Lombok last week, and many have taken to social media to show their support or reach out to friends and family.

Facebook has been forced to apologise after users posting about Sunday's deadly natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok saw their messages trigger animations of celebratory balloons and confetti.

The magnitude-5.9 natural disaster struck close to the epicentre of Sundays 6.9 quake on Lombok, with a depth of 10km (6 miles). It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

The USGS said the latest quake had a magnitude of 5.9 - there are reports it brought down some buildings.

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok Thursday, causing panic among evacuees already traumatised by a devastating quake that killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

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While the quake was centred on the island of Lombok, people in nearby Bali were also strongly affected.

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 announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from different agencies.

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

The government says more than 1400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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