Third natural disaster rocks Indonesia's Lombok in under two weeks

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for earthquake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram Lombok Indonesia

Today's quake was the third big trmor to hit Lombok in little more than a week but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday's quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed.

Journalists reporting on the aftermath of the fatal natural disaster saw people running into the streets in panic.

Facebook apologised after users posting about a deadly natural disaster in Indonesia on the social media platform saw their messages decorated with images of balloons and confetti.

Rescue teams search for victims in the rubble caused by an quake at a mosque in North Lombok, Indonesia.

He said the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 quake that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the island's main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.

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