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A strong earthquake hit Indonesia’s Lombok island on Thursday, causing  buildings to collapse and sending already traumatised people rushing out of shelters.

The magnitude-6.2 tembor followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people, damaged thousands of houses, and left 156,000 people homeless.

Indonesia’s geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island. The US Geological Survey measured the tremor at magnitude-5.9, and it didn’t have the potential to cause a tsunami.

It was the third big quake to hit Lombok in little more than a week.

Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP news agency reporter at the scene said. A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms.

“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” said witness Sri Laksmi.

Hope fades for survivors in Indonesia quake with 131 killed

“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”

Sunday’s temblor wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok.

The official death toll stands at 131, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, with 1,400 people seriously injured.

But Sutopo told Reuters news agency only there had been “a big increase”.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

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