Earthquake hits Lombok, Indonesia, weeks after 460 killed

Memories of earlier trauma sent residents fleeing into the streets

In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, photo, motorists ride past buildings ruined by Sunday's earthquake in Pamenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia. The north of the popular resort island has been devastated by Sunday's earthquake, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago, File)
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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, sending people fleeing into the streets, two weeks after 460 people were killed by a series of tremors.

The epicentre of the quake was in the east and was relatively shallow at a depth of 7km, but the shock was felt strongly across the island and sent traumatised residents streaming out of their homes.

"I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying. I realised it was an earthquake.

"People started to scream and cry. They all ran to the street," east Lombok resident Agus Salim told AFP.


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On August 4, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake levelled homes, mosques, and buildings, killing 460 and injuring hundreds more.

Indonesia and its thousands of tiny islands sit in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', where tectonic plates collide and much of the world's volcanic activity occurs.