Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great." An Associated Press reporter in the provincial capital, Mataram, saw people injured by the quake and a hospital moving patients outside.

The aftershock caused more "trauma," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, told reporters the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from various government offices.

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Foreigners help to evacuate a woman following Sunday's earthquake on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.
A man guides a horse onto a boat to transport it to the mainland following Sunday's earthquake on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.
A fish and coconut are pictured at an empty restaurant after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
A policeman (L) talks to visitors as he guards an empty island after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Boxes of beers are seen at an empty beach after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
A sign of Gili's Island is seen inside a shop after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
A broken mosque tower is seen after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
A poster is seen near a collapsed food stall after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Desk number are seen at an empty restaurant after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Horses are seen at an empty street after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Empty benches are seen at the beach after foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's earthquake in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
An Indonesian policeman and his dog search for earthquake victims inside a collapsed building in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.
A family rides on a motorcycle through a crack on the street at Kayangan district after earthquake hit on Sunday in North Lombok, Indonesia, August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A villager stands as rescue team members and soldiers try to find people trapped inside a mosque after an earthquake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Foreigners clean up the damaged parts of their restaurant after Sunday's earthquake on Gili Trawangan island, North Lombok, Indonesia August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - Residents call a family after panic as a result earthquake of 6,2 scala righter hit in Lombok, Indonesia, on August 09, 2018. According data from National Disaster Mitigation Agency, during earthquake struck on Sunday, August 05, at least 131 people died and 1.4777 were injured. (Solo Imaji). (Photo credit should read Agoes Rudianto / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - A soldier calmed the panic residents during an powerful earthquake of 6,2 scala righter in Lombok, Indonesia, on August 09, 2018. According data from National Disaster Mitigation Agency, during earthquake struck on Sunday, August 05, at least 131 people died and 1.4777 were injured. (Solo Imaji). (Photo credit should read Agoes Rudianto / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - Army soldier move the patient in Emergency Hospital after powerful earthquake with 6,2 scala righter in Lombok, Indonesia, on August 09, 2018. According data from National Disaster Mitigation Agency, during earthquake struck on Sunday, August 05, at least 131 people died and 1.4777 were injured. (Solo Imaji). (Photo credit should read Agoes Rudianto / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - Army soldier move the patient in Emergency Hospital after powerful earthquake with 6,2 scala righter in Lombok, Indonesia, on August 09, 2018. According data from National Disaster Mitigation Agency, during earthquake struck on Sunday, August 05, at least 131 people died and 1.4777 were injured. (Solo Imaji). (Photo credit should read Agoes Rudianto / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
An elderly woman wipes away tears after she prays in front her badly damaged home in Kayangan in northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A family eats outside due to the damage their house suffered in Kayangan in northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (R) walks past collapsed houses in Kayangan in northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Damage caused by the recent earthquakes to a Hindu temple is pictured in Pemenang, northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Damage caused by the recent earthquakes to a Hindu temple is pictured in Pemenang, northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Damage caused by the recent earthquakes to a Hindu temple is pictured in Pemenang, northern Lombok island on August 9, 2018. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: People clean up a beach at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: Boxes of beer in front a store at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: A collapsed mosque tower is seen at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
A crushed car is seen under rubble of a house collapsed after the earthquake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian search and rescue team uses heavy equipment to search for earthquake victims in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018. - A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on August 9, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: A man rides a bicycle past damaged buildings at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: A view inside a store at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: A man rides a bicycle at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: Horses are prepared to be to evacuated Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: Bicycles fallen to the ground at Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
LOMBOK, INDONESIA - AUGUST 09: A horses is prepared to be evacuated Gili Trawangan island following Sunday's earthquake on August 9, 2018 in Lombok Island, Indonesia. The official death toll has reached 131 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island, Lombok and left at least 156,000 people displaced while around 8,400 tourists and resort workers have been evacuated from the Gili islands. Based on reports, officials believe that the death toll may rise with aftershocks expected to rattle the area and aid agencies say their priority is to now provide shelter for displaced people. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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"We are taking action as fast as we can to handle this disaster," he said.

Nguroho said in a statement that the death toll will continue to rise because rescue workers are still finding victims in the ruins of collapsed buildings and some people who are already buried are not yet included in the official toll.

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. The Red Cross said it was focusing relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people yet to get any assistance.

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when Sunday's quake caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay covered in a white cloth.

"She was praying when the earthquake happened," said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name. "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down. Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends."

Nearly 68,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Sunday's quake and 270,000 people are homeless or otherwise displaced, according to the disaster agency's latest update.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps," said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi. He said the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

In Kopang Daya, injured villagers got their first proper treatment Thursday after medics arrived with a portable X-ray machine and other supplies. They tended to an elderly woman with an injured face and hips who had been knocked over by her grandson as they scrambled from their house.

"Her son managed to get out from the house when the earthquake hit but the grandmother and grandson were left behind," said a relative, Nani Wijayanti. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard."

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. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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

"We will make a new roadmap for what we are going to do after this emergency response is finished," he said. "For example, how we can deal with the number of damaged houses, mosques, schools, hospitals. Who will rebuild and how much money and how long it takes."

(Associated Press journalists Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Firdia Lisnawati in Mataram, Indonesia, contributed to this report.)

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