Indonesian quake death toll rises to 555
Jakarta, The death toll from the strong earthquake that rocked Indonesia's Lombok Island has risen to 555, with about 400,000 people are still homeless, Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) announced.
The picturesque island next to holiday resort of Bali was hit by two deadly quakes on July 29th and August 5th.
On Sunday it was shaken by a string of fresh tremors and aftershocks, with the strongest measuring 6.9 magnitude.
Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.
In 2004, a deadly 9.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia.
Source: Bahrain News Agency