Facebook ‘regrets’ congratulatory balloons in posts about quake disaster

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the northwest of the island.

Authorities and worldwide relief groups have begun organizing aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Thousands of houses have been damaged and tourists have fled.

"Access is tough, because the quake [on Sunday] was so strong and paralyzed a lot of buildings", said Husni, a spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross who like many Indonesians goes by one name. It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

The US Geological Survey has measured it at magnitude 5.8.

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

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.

Facebook has apologized after it emerged that one of their automatic celebration animations had been triggered by messages about Sunday's deadly natural disaster in Indonesia.

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

According to authorities, more than 156,000 people have been displaced and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, BBC reports.

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 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.

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

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