Terrified Tourists Flee Gili Islands After Lombok Earthquake

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Sunday's quake.

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

The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west.

The quake killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

According to Indonesia's geological agency, Thursday's quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, striking at a depth of just 12 kilometres. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third quake was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

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

Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying the latest quake sent people onto the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

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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.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he added, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75% of homes were damaged.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it's focusing its relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the island's north where aid still has not reached.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

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

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