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Fresh 6.3-scale earthquake jolts Lombok

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A man walks past a damaged mosque after an earthquake hit Indonesia’s Lombok island. AFp

Fresh 6.3-scale earthquake jolts Lombok

A STRONG 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 460 people.

The quake, centred in East Lombok, hit at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres (four miles) and was felt across the island, officials said.

But it was less powerful than the deadly quake earlier this month and there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

“The earthquake caused people to panic and flee their houses,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Metro TV.

“There have been no reports of death or [serious] damage but people are traumatised.”

Landslides were reported in a national park where hundreds of hikers had been trapped on a volcano after a quake in late July.

The park has been closed since that incident.

Residents said the latest earthquake was felt strongly in East Lombok.

“I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying. I realised it was an earthquake.

“People started to scream and cry. They all ran to the street,” East Lombok resident Agus Salim said.

The tremor was also felt in the island’s capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

“Everybody ran outside their house. They’re all gathering in an open field, still terrified,” said Endri Susanto, a children rights activist in Mataram.

“People are traumatised by the previous earthquakes and aftershocks never seem to stop.”

The latest tremor comes two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok.

More than 460 people died and tens of thousands were injured.

‘Island of 1,000 Mosques’

The hardest hit region was in the north of the island, which has suffered hundreds of aftershocks since.

A week before that quake another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

The August 5 quake left more than 350,000 displaced with many sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters, while makeshift medical facilities were set up to treat the injured.

Badly damaged roads, particularly in the mountainous north of the island, have created a headache for relief agencies trying to distribute aid.

The economic toll of the quake – including its impact to buildings, infrastructure and productivity – has been estimated to be at least five trillion rupiah ($348 million).

Dubbed “The Island of a Thousand Mosques”, Muslim-majority Lombok is a less popular destination than its neighbour Bali, the Hindu-majority island that forms the backbone of Indonesia’s $19.4 billion tourist sector.

But Lombok had been earmarked as one of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s “10 new Balis” with the regional government hoping to develop it into a major destination, especially in the booming halal toursim sector.

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