Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Tops 200 Amid Another Strong Aftershock

A Facebook algorithm reportedly misinterpreted the Indonesian word “selamat,” triggering inappropriate animations

A Facebook algorithm reportedly misinterpreted the Indonesian word “selamat,” triggering inappropriate animations

YET ANOTHER powerful natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombrok, next to Bali.

"Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

No further information was available at the time of writing.

The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

People in Bali, an island 93 miles from Lombok, also reported feeling the quake.

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since the quake.

At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children. "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down".

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", said Mr Rassi.

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

A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last quake happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

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