Aug 09, 2018 10:27 Asia/Tehran
  • Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Lombok island

Another powerful earthquake has hit the devastated, beleaguered tourist island of Lombok, bringing down buildings and sending people onto streets.

Iran Press- A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful earthquake on Sunday.

The magnitude-6.2 tremor followed a 6.9 earthquake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people, damaged thousands of houses, and left 156,000 people homeless.

Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying the latest quake sent people onto the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

On Tuesday, the government estimated that 80 percent of the buildings in northern Lombok had been destroyed.

Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from Lombok and the Gili Islands.

Nugroho said the death toll was expected to rise as search-and-rescue crews reached more affected areas and began to search the rubble for more victims.

Last week, 17 people were killed when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Lombok.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for its pristine beaches and mountains.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire,'' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean basin. In December 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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