Another strong quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed.


The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in more than a week as authorities say the death toll from an earlier quake has reached at least 259.
People ran onto roads in panic and buildings were damaged by the magnitude-5.9 quake, causing more “trauma,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday’s 6.9 quake that killed at least 259 people, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.
Conflicting reports over the number of people killed in Sunday’s quake continued, with Indonesia’s top security minister, Wiranto, telling reporters the death toll had risen to 319.
Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in the 6.9 quake and more than 150,000 people are homeless.
Geoscience Australia and the United States Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude-5.9 after Indonesia’s geological agency earlier reported the quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres.
It also said the quake’s epicentre was on land so there was no risk of a tsunami.

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