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Aftershock shakes quake-hit Indonesian island

Aftershock shakes quake-hit Indonesian island

A strong aftershock shook the Indonesian island of Lombok on Thursday where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful earthquake hit last Sunday.

Indonesia’s geological agency said the quake on 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 said it didn’t have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

It’s the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week. Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday’s 7.0 quake.

The devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok was "exceptionally destructive" and wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions, relief agencies warned as the death toll jumped to more than 160 on Thursday.

Relief efforts have yet to reach parts of the island four days after the quake hit, Indonesian authorities said, as hopes fade of finding further survivors among the wreckage.

"There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted Thursday.

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.

Local authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

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