Third earthquake and aftershocks hit Indonesian Island of Lombok

The Indonesian Island of Lombok has been shook by aftershocks after a third earthquake. 

The island has been rocked by three earthquakes within a week and now aftershocks are hampering relief efforts.

Sadly, tens of thousands have been left homeless and the quakes have caused a loss of life.

The most recent natural disaster was a shallow quake that hit on Thursday afternoon. 

Indonesia’s geological agency said it measured a magnitude of 6.2, at a depth of 12 km (seven and half miles), centred in the north west of the island.

Fortunately, it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, said the agency.

Islanders have experienced a devastating 7.0 quake on Sunday, which tragically killed 131 people.

Additionally, the first earthquake hit on July 29 at a magnitude of 6.4 and 16 people sadly lost their lives.

Around 20,000 people living in remote areas, north of Lombok are being targeted by the Indonesian Red Cross.

These communities have are yet to receive any aid.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the Associated Press that tens of thousands of Islanders are now homeless in light of the strongest quake on Sunday.

Clean water and tarpaulins are desperately needed by those who survived the tragic quakes.

Mr Hadi said five remote areas, which including one village of about 1,200 households have been reached by five Red Cross vehicles. 

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency are currently forecasting the number of people who have died at at least 131. 

However, there has been conflicting reports about the official number of people killed. 

We are offering our deepest sympathies to all those impacted by the three earthquakes. 

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