Lombok natural disaster: 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

It comes two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on 5 August levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok. Hundreds died in the tragedy.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 348 miles and was located 174 miles northeast of Fiji's Ndoi Island. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

Residents said the natural disaster was felt strongly in East Lombok.

It was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

"There have been no reports of death or (serious) damage but people are traumatised".

More than 350,000 people fled their homes after that quake to shelter in government-provided tents or makeshift structures in open fields.

Badly damaged roads, particularly in the mountainous north of the island, have created a headache for relief agencies trying to distribute aid. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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