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Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

The US Geological Survey has measured it at magnitude 5.8.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military and the national search and rescue agency issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

A resident shows a photo of missing victims believed to be trapped inside a collapsed building, as rescue workers continue searching after Sunday's natural disaster in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

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

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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. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

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

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

"We've had light earthquakes in the past, but never anything like this", hotel chain owner Marcel De Rijk told Reuters. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

At least 347 people have been confirmed dead after a 6.9-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media, citing an emergency official.

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