The Indonesian earthquake lifted Lombok by 25 cm, say scientists

Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 300 people lifted the island hit by up to 25 centimeters.

Using satellite images of Lombok from the days after the August 5 earthquake, NASA scientists and the joint rapid-imaging project from the California Institute of Technology measured changes in the surface of the island.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by earthquakes.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by earthquakes.

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In the northwest of the island, near the epicenter, the terrain raised 25 cm.

In other places, it decreased by 5-15cm.

A mother and her son stand near the ruins of their home after the earthquake.

A mother and her son stand near the ruins of their home after the earthquake.

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Some 270,000 people were left homeless or displaced after the 7.0 earthquake, which damaged and destroyed about 68,000 homes.

Lombok, less developed than nearby Bali, was hit by three earthquakes, followed by more than 500 aftershocks,

Nearly a week after the earthquake, Lombok is still reeling, but some food markets, stores and mosques are beginning to reopen.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location in the arc of volcanoes and faults of the Pacific Basin.