AHA Centre Situation Update No. 4 - M 6.4 Lombok Earthquake (29 Jul 2018) & M 7.0 Lombok Earthquake (5 Aug 2018), Indonesia (Thursday, 10 August 2018, 20:00 hrs (UTC+7)

  1. HIGHLIGHTS

a. Series of moderate and strong earthquakes have rocked cities and regencies in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province in the past two weeks. It resulted in significant number of casualties and damages in Lombok, and some minor ones in Bali and Sumba Island. The three strongest tremors were M 7.0 earthquake on 5 August 2018 18:46 hrs (UTC +7), M 6.4 on 29 July 2018, and M 6.2 on 9 August 2018.
Altogether close to 500 earthquakes rocked the island.

b. As of 10 August 2018, National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) has verified an overall fatalities number of 321, 1,033 people injured, and 270,168 people displaced. In addition, a total of 67,875 houses damaged, along with 6 bridges, 458 schools, 3 hospitals, and 20 office buildings. Altogether the initial economic damage and loss figure is around IDR 2.3 billion (+ USD 138 million).

c. The Government of Indonesia through the BNPB has strongly stated that international assistance is not required at this point of time. BNPB has also encouraged all agencies (line ministries and national/local NGOs) based in Indonesia not to invite their international partners. Those who already arrived will be put on hold and cannot implement any of their activities until further notice.

d. Initial sectoral damage and impact assessment activities are being undertaken by various national government agencies and organizations. Several crowd-source efforts to support assessment of damages and humanitarian needs are also available, which should be verified by BNPB and humanitarian partners on-site. A recommendation on this subject is provided in Section 5.

e. The AHA Centre is in close coordination with the BNPB of Indonesia and providing support on information management and dissemination of information to regional and international stakeholders both at headquarter and field levels. This includes inclusion of official BNPB statement into the AHA Centre Situation Update. The AHA Centre also shared with BNPB relevant remote observation and assessment results made available by regional and international organizations.

f. The AHA Centre In-Country Liaison Team (ICLT) arrived on 6 August 2018 to establish communication on-site with BNPB and provide coordination support. All ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) members arrived on 8 and 9 August 2018. While BNPB has welcomed ASEAN-ERAT, their primary deployment purpose is to learn from Indonesia on its experience in managing the disaster and get exposure on the ongoing emergency response operation.

g. The AHA Centre flash updates on this disaster can be found here: https://ahacentre.org/flash-updates/ while series of situation updates can be found here: https://ahacentre.org/situation-updates/