Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

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.

Authorities and worldwide relief groups have begun organizing aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

The quake killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

The Indonesian Red Cross says it's focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, where thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine, and shelter. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third natural disaster was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.9.

Another major tremor rocked the island on Thursday and left frightened survivors of Sunday's quake pouring onto the streets as buildings collapsed.

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

YET ANOTHER powerful quake has struck the Indonesian island of Lombrok, next to Bali. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381.

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

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

Officials said the death toll had now risen to 319 and tens of thousands of people are homeless.

A total of 164 people were now confirmed dead in the quake, Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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

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