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Strong After Shocks Strike Lombok

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok today, bringing down buildings and causing panic among evacuees sheltering as the death toll in Indonesia's devastating earthquake rises to 319.

The US geological survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday's quake.

According to national disaster agency spokesman the quake was felt strongly. He said there have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday.

The aftershock comes after Sunday's devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok.

The national disaster agency spokesman said a total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday's quake, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday's aftershock with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage.