A famous destination for tourism in Indonesia has undergone a powerful earthquake having a magnitude of 6.4. This popular place is the central island of Lombok. The earthquake hit this tourist destination just before the local time of 07:00 on Sunday. The central island of Lombok is an attraction for the tourists from around the globe because of its hiking trails and beautiful beaches. The island is situated nearly forty kilometers or 25 miles east of Bali.
The Effect Of Earthquake
Due to the earthquake, the number of injured people comes out to be 160 while hundreds and thousands of houses went through destruction, according to the officials. Among the killed people there was a Malaysian tourist who was on his way to Mount Rinjani. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicenter was 31 miles or 50km north-east of the Mataram city located in northern Lombok. Sixty smaller earthquakes followed this, the largest among them had a magnitude of 5.7.
What People Have To Say About The Incident?
The spokesman of the disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, stated that majority of the casualties happened with the hitting of falling blocks of concrete and debris. He said that the main emphasis at this time is rescue and evacuation. The treatment is going on of some of the injured people at the clinics. Images of the streets full of rubble and collapsed buildings were also posted by him.
According to Lalu Muammad Iqbal, citizen protection director at the foreign ministry, the earthquake felt powerful causing the tourists to be panicked, afraid and making them escape from the hotels. Vinayak Gaikwad, BBC Marathi journalist, was present on Gili Trawangan island which is at the distance of only 7km from Lombok, when the earthquake hit. He said that the tremors were powerful, he could observe the waves in the hotel pool. And that some of the people escaped from the hotel. Another observer reported the AFP news agency that it was a powerful earthquake, making everyone in the house and the neighborhood afraid. The electricity also suddenly cut off.
Due to the landslides, the hiking track of Mount Rinjani National Park has been closed. The New Straits Times got a report from the climber Khairul Azi that he and his group of climbers could not get out of the region due to cutting off of many roads. He also told that the circumstances were tough, and that they were trying to be in contact with the rest of the Malaysian hikers.