New strong quake hits Indonesia, levels buildings (WATCH LIVE)

The devastated Indonesian island of Lombok was hit by a new shallow earthquake on Thursday, when a 6-magnitude tremor reportedly caused buildings to collapse and people to flee in panic.

The quake damaged houses and sent people running into the streets, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency wrote on Twitter.

The 5.9-magnitude quake centered 23km away from the city of Mataram, the capital of the West Nusa Tenggara province, the US Geological Survey reported. It struck at a depth of 10km (6 miles). The local authorities reported it to be a 6.2-magnitude quake. (RT)