Multiple fatalities in 6.4 magnitude natural disaster on Lombok island

Saul Bowman
August 1, 2018

A 6.4-magnitude natural disaster struck Indonesia's Lombok and Sumbawa islands on Sunday, killing at least 14.

At least 10 people have died and dozens of others injured after a powerful 6.4 magnitude quake hit Indonesia's holiday island of Lombok.

The shallow 6.4-magnitude quake jolted the island in the early morning, sending people running outside in panic and triggering landslides on popular mountain hiking routes. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

It said two of the aftershocks measured more than 5-magnitude.

More than 1,000 homes were damaged by the quake, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency.

"So far we have not received any report on damages", agency spokesperson Hary Tirto Djatmiko said.

Indonesian soldiers and rescue team gather to prepare for evacuating tourists from Mount Rinjani.

After the meeting, Jokowi told journalist he had instructed officials from various institutions, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Social Affairs Ministry, Public Works and Housing Ministry and the Indonesian Military to work together to help people affected by the disaster.

Of the 10 people confirmed dead, it's understood eight were killed in the East Lombok district, mostly by falling concrete.

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The tremor also triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani.

An emergency tent was set up on a street in Sembalun to treat the injured because the local hospital was damaged, and those in a critical condition were taken to other hospitals.

Nugroho said that the foreign visitors come from the U.S., UK, Malaysia, Canada, France, Netherlands, Thailand and Singapore.

"Long quake here in Bali". Most of the people were still waiting outside their houses in fear of aftershocks, Metro TV said.

"But we heard that quakes as strong as the one early in the morning may occur and that makes my family and I very nervous and scared".

The natural disaster struck at 6:47am on Sunday (local time) and was only 10 kilometres deep, a shallow depth that would have amplified its effect.

The second struck less than a hour later.

Indonesia is no stranger to destructive earthquakes, sitting on the area of intense seismic and volcanic activity known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

The quake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami.


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