Earthquake in Indonesia: Aftershock in magnitude 5.9 hits Lombok

A strong aftershock shook the Indonesian island of Lombok, just four days after a devastating earthquake killed more than 345 people and left thousands of people homeless.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook at shallow depth on Thursday, with its epicenter in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said.

The buildings still remaining on the island in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, and an earthquake of 6.4 on July 29 that killed 16, further complicate rescue operations.

New blow: A woman cries holding her children when a replica hits Tanjung on the island of Lombok on Thursday, just four days after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake

New blow: A woman cries holding her children when a replica hits Tanjung on the island of Lombok on Thursday, just four days after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake

New blow: A woman cries holding her children when a replica hits Tanjung on the island of Lombok on Thursday, just four days after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake

Aftershock: Panic spreads and you see a soldier trying to calm people shortly after the replica hits the area in Tanjung in Lombok

Aftershock: Panic spreads and you see a soldier trying to calm people shortly after the replica hits the area in Tanjung in Lombok

Aftershock: Panic spreads and you see a soldier trying to calm people shortly after the replica hits the area in Tanjung in Lombok

Broken families: a baby injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok

Broken families: a baby injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok

Broken families: a baby injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok

"The evacuees and the people were left without houses when they felt the strong shock of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake … People are still traumatized, some buildings were damaged even more due to this earthquake," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Twitter. spokesperson for the Indonesian disaster mitigation agency (BNPB).

Authorities said that the epicenter of the earthquake was on land and that there was no risk of a tsunami.

The official death toll from BNPB for the earthquake on Sunday stood at 131 on Wednesday, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347. Sutopo did not give an updated toll, saying there had been "a big increase".

The Indonesian authorities are requesting food, drinking water and medical assistance for the more than 156,000 people expelled from their homes and 1,477 people seriously injured and in need of medical attention.

Shaken: An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after a retort that caused panic among the evacuees who took refuge in Tanjung

Shaken: An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after a retort that caused panic among the evacuees who took refuge in Tanjung

Shaken: An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after a retort that caused panic among the evacuees who took refuge in Tanjung

An Indonesian holds a child in front of collapsed buildings as search and rescue members search for a victim of the recent earthquake in Tanjung on the island of Lombok

An Indonesian holds a child in front of collapsed buildings as search and rescue members search for a victim of the recent earthquake in Tanjung on the island of Lombok

An Indonesian holds a child in front of collapsed buildings as search and rescue members search for a victim of the recent earthquake in Tanjung on the island of Lombok

Devastation: a man carries his belongings beyond the ruin of houses in a village affected by an earthquake in northern Lombok, Indonesia, when a powerful retort shook the island

Devastation: a man carries his belongings beyond the ruin of houses in a village affected by an earthquake in northern Lombok, Indonesia, when a powerful retort shook the island

Devastation: a man carries his belongings beyond the ruin of houses in a village affected by an earthquake in northern Lombok, Indonesia, when a powerful retort shook the island

Recovery: a woman feeds a wounded family member in a tent used as an impromptu hospital room, four days after the area was affected by an earthquake in Mataram, Lombok

Recovery: a woman feeds a wounded family member in a tent used as an impromptu hospital room, four days after the area was affected by an earthquake in Mataram, Lombok

Recovery: a woman feeds a wounded family member in a tent used as an impromptu hospital room, four days after the area was affected by an earthquake in Mataram, Lombok

Many frightened and displaced villagers are staying in tents or tarpaulins along roads or in parched rice fields, and improvised medical facilities have been set up to care for the injured.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its efforts on the Lombok earthquake relief on some 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island, where aid has not yet arrived.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi says the tens of thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake on Sunday need clean water and waterproof tarps, especially.

He said the agency has sent 20 water vehicles to five remote areas, including a village of approximately 1,200 homes.

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

He said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

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