Magnitude 5.4 and 6.5 aftershocks hit Lombok – Indonesia
Lombok continued to be hit by aftershocks. BMKG reported two aftershocks of magnitude 5.4 and 6.5. The first magnitude 5.4 aftershock occurred on Sunday August 19, 2018, 10.06 WIB, with an epicenter 25 km northeast of Lombok Timur with a depth of 10 km. The second magnitude 6.5 aftershock with epicenter 32 km northeast of Lombok Timur at a depth of 10 km, occurred on August 19, 2018, at 11.06 WIB. Both had no tsunami potential.
The BNPB command post carried out analyzes and confirmed the aftershocks to BPBD. Intense tremors were felt for 4 to 8 seconds in the regencies of Lombok Timur, Lombok Utara, Lombok Barat and Lombok Tengah. Medium tremors were felt for 4-6 seconds in Mataram City, Denpasar City, Jembrana, Karangasem, Badung, Gianyar, Bangli, Tabanan, Klungkung and Buleleng.
The community panicked and rushed out of houses or tents in Lombok Utara, Lombok Timur, Lombok Tengah and Lombok Barat. No reports of damage and death from aftershocks.
The strongest shaking was felt in Lombok Timur. The community of Sembalun, Lombok Timur, who worked in their gardens or in their vehicles, ran in search of safe places. They abandoned their garden and their motorcycles to gather in safe places. According to the village police report, a number of houses and buildings were damaged in Korleko Selatan village, such as the tower of Babussalam Mosque of Dusun Lembak Daya, Sembalun subregency. Two kiosks in front of the Madaen village office collapsed. A number of houses that remained standing after the main shock eventually collapsed due to the 6.5 magnitude aftershock.
No further reports of death and damage. The trauma of the community increases because of the aftershocks, not least because some have been intensely felt.
In Bali, the community and tourists have experienced mild to medium tremors. Many came out of houses or buildings. No panic situation reported. No report yet on the impact of the earthquake.
The 6.5 magnitude earthquake caused landslides in several places on Mount Rinjani, such as Pegangsingan Hill and Anak Dara Hill, in Sembalun Subregency, Lombok Timur. Rocky material from mountain tops rolled down the slopes. No deaths have been reported as Gunung Rinjani National Park is still closed. No community or tourist activity on the mountain. However, the joint SAR team will scan the area when the situation becomes more secure.
BPBD along with the armed forces, Polri, Basarnas, Tagana, SKPD, Indonesian Red Cross, volunteers and others are still observing the impact of the earthquake. More reports will be available to the media, the community and other stakeholders once more information is sent to the field.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Head of the BNPB Information and Public Relations Center