Lombok quake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

The earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean between Tonga and Fiji the US Geological Survey said

US GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY The earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean between Tonga and Fiji the US Geological Survey said

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 20 kilometres in East Lombok. I realised it was an quake.

The last quake on 5 August displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Endri Susanto, a children's rights activist in Mataram, said people were still traumatised by the previous quakes.

"The quake caused people to panic and flee their homes", the national disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told local media.

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The quake on Sunday morning caused landslides and damaged buildings but there are no reports of injuries or fatalities. "People started to scream and cry. Everyone ran into the street screaming and crying".

The tremor follows another one earlier today measuring 6.3 which happened near the town of Belanting. About 100 homes were severely damaged, they added.

The quake also was felt in the neighboring islands of Bali and Sumbawa.

More than 460 people died and tens of thousands were injured.

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The hardest-hit region was in the north of the island, which has suffered hundreds of aftershocks.

The island has been rocked by hundreds of quakes and tremors since 29 July.

Since July 29, the Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a series of earthquakes that left more than 430 people dead, 1,300 injured and almost 353,000 displaced.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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She said her neighbours were all drawn outside and everyone was talking about "ripples" they felt. However there is no tsunami threat from the natural disaster because it was too deep. It was initially reported as a magnitude 7.9.

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