Indonesia minister says quake deaths pass 300


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

Lombok was hit by three big quakes in little more than a week.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday today, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies.

The latest tremor had a magnitude of 5.9 or 6.2, according to monitors.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas. "Our hearts go out to the people affected by the natural disaster".

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"We still need long-term aid, even though we have already received help from various (regional) governments", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Rescue teams search for victims in the rubble caused by an quake at a mosque in North Lombok, Indonesia.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced. The chief of a search and rescue agency told the AP the death toll is at 227 as of Thursday.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers. He also says they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

The magnitude-6.2 natural disaster followed Sunday's magnitude-6.9 tremor, which came a week after a magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least 17.

The island is a popular holiday spot and thousands of tourists have now left.