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Strong aftershock rattles survivors of deadly Indonesian quake

Strong aftershock rattles survivors of deadly Indonesian quake

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.

The powerful 6.9-magnitude natural disaster that struck the island of Lombok has left more than 130 people dead and displaced thousands.

Another powerful natural disaster has rocked Indonesia, adding further destruction to the already-ruined Lombok island.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter. "There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

The US Geological Survey has the tremor at a magnitude 5.9.

Witnesses have reported buildings collapsing in the latest series of tremors to hit the island - following Sunday's fatal quake in Lombok.

"People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic".

The two Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok are located a short distance away and can be reached by ferry, speed boat or plane.

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Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

He said the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

Many people used the word "selamat" - meaning "to survive" - as they wrote about the magnitude 7.0 quake, which, CBS reports, killed at least 131 people.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.