Lombok natural disaster: 7.2-magnitude tremor rocks Indonesian island

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The last quake on 5 August displaced hundreds of thousands of people. "People started to scream and cry". The hall had sustained damage in earlier quakes, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

There was no immediate official information about damage or casualties.

"It will take trillions of rupiah.and a lot of time to heal the lives of the people and the economy of Nusa Tenggara Barat", he said, referring to the province home to Lombok.

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The shallow magnitude 6.9 quake (revised down from 7.0) that hit just after 10pm on Sunday was one of multiple powerful earthquakes in the north-east of the island that also caused landslides. They're all gathering in an open field, still... "Some people are hysterical because they feel quake aftershocks that are harder than before".

The island has been rocked by hundreds of quakes and tremors since 29 July.

The epicenter was in a remote area near Delamar Mountain Road, north of Big Bear Lake. An AP reporter said tourists and villagers in Bali ran out of buildings in panic. Like many Indonesians, Halan uses only one name.

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The earthquakes Sunday are in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin.

In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220 000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168 000 in Indonesia. A check with the USGS showed that the measurement was 6.9.

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