MATARAM – The Indonesian island of Lombok was hit by an earthquake with a strength of 6.4. In addition, according to the authorities certainly 12 dead and 40 wounded cases, and many buildings sustained damage.
The quake was Sunday morning early in the morning (local time), causing many people in their sleep, were surprised. Many ran in panic to the streets to falling material to dodge. On social media to see images of damaged and collapsed buildings.
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The most affected area is the region of Sembalun in the north of Lombok. In this district, the mountaineers popular volcano Rinjani. The electricity in that region is lost. Also are the roads closed for fear of landslides. Also on the adjacent island of Bali, which is popular with Dutch tourists, was the quake felt.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs has at this moment no indications that there are Dutch victims. A spokesman let us know that it is difficult to contact people in the area because the phone connections are bad. The Dutch embassy in Indonesia is in contact with the authorities and monitors the situation closely.
The quake had a strength of 6.4. After that there were almost eighty aftershocks, of which the heaviest is a power of 5.7. The epicenter of the quake was about 50 kilometres northeast of the city of Mataram and it was only 7 km depth. Due to the small depth is, the greater the chance that a earthquake damage. Because the quake on land, there is no tsunamigevaar, reported the U.s. Geological Service.On the island are several roads closed for fear of landslides. The affected area is popular among tourists. Also on the adjacent island of Bali, which is popular with Dutch tourists, was the quake felt.
The telegraph-reader Jan Bonset leaves from Bali to know: “I was this morning waking up, my bed shook back and forth. Shows that there is Lombok a powerful earthquake has been. There was no (reason for) panic here and am just going to sleep.”
Life on Bali is so just by. Bonset let us know: “There are no notifications here in Novotel Bali Benoa. Neither of the management nor of the local authorities. Here there is no misery, but my daughter and I are on our qui vive now.”
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