Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers, centered in the northwest of the island.

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

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

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure.

A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, where thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine, and shelter.

Officials said the quake's epicenter was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful quake, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

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

Rescuers search Karang Pangsor mosque after the natural disaster last weekend.

Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island.

Since the 6.9 quake on Sunday, at least 340 aftershocks have been felt across the island including in neighbouring Bali.

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

The government says more than 1400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

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. An estimated 230,000 people died after a magnitude 9.1 natural disaster triggered a tsunami off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004.

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