Strong quake again hits Indonesia's Lombok island

Lombok has been hit by another earthquake

Lombok has been hit by another earthquake

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday's 6.9 magnitude quake, fearing further tremors.

Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.

The Indonesian Red Cross says it's focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

'We have limited human resources.

Some evacuees are grappling with the traumatic scenes of death and destruction that accompanied the quake.

A spokesman for the Musholla As-Syuhada mosque told BBC News Indonesian that worshippers heard sounds from "the ceiling and the roof like it was going to fall, so we ran".

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

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Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

Almost 2,500 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and upwards of 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

The West Sumatra government has donated one tonne of its most famous culinary export, beef rendang - a slow-cooked coconut curry.

"Scrap me getting rid of Facebook, the safety check-in is too important", travel blogger Charlie Burness said on Twitter.

Scramble to find victims on Lombok island as humanitarian crisis looms with 156,000 rendered homeless by major quake.

A green and yellow dome rested on the pile of rubble, the only part of the structure still intact.

Officials said almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok.

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