Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

Another quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok Island on Thursday.

It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

It comes just four days after a massive 6.9 magnitude quake shook the region on Sunday, killing 350 people.

"It is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries.

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating natural disaster killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

Videos showed rubble strewn across the streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings.

Facebook has apologized after it emerged that one of their automatic celebration animations had been triggered by messages about Sunday's deadly quake in Indonesia. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381.

Meanwhile the death toll from the powerful quake continues to rise, with 347 people now reported dead, according to CNN.

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

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. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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