The situation On 17 March 2019, an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude shook the Island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara at 15:00 hours (local time) with the depth of 19 km and followed by another earthquake of 5.2 magnitude at 15:07 hours (local time) with the depth of 10 km, with epicenter close to East Lombok. The earthquake was felt in West Lombok, North Lombok, East Lombok, Central Lombok and Mataram. No tsunami alert issued by the authorities. People in Lombok panicked and evacuated to higher ground nearby.
Updates from the districts:
• North Lombok: According to initial reports from the PMI branch, six people died and 13 people injured near Tiu Kelep waterfall located in Senaru Village, Bayan sub district. Three people are missing in the same area and as per initial estimate, more than 100 households affected by the earthquake.
• East Lombok: In East Lombok, no death has been reported, however, 30 people were injured due to earthquake in Sembalun, Sambelia and Aik Mel sub districts. According to initial reports received from PMI district branch, around 150 households have been affected by the catastrophe.
• Central Lombok: As a result of tremors, two people were injured in Aik Bukaq and Mas-mas villages of North Batu Keliang district and have been shifted to local health center (PUSKESMAS). Two houses in those villages were completely destroyed.
• West Lombok: As per initial reports from PMI district branch, the area was not severely affected by the earthquake and the situation is normal and no casualty reported so far.
The District Disaster Management Authority (Badan Penganggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD)) and Health Division deployed four ambulances to evacuate the tourists, and injured community members in Tiu Kelep waterfall area. As per the reports, around 50 people were trapped in the stranded bus in landslide area. The Governor and Head of BPBD East Lombok visited the Montong Gading sub-district in East Lombok to monitor the evacuation and response efforts of the local authorities. Map of the earthquake epicenter is attached at the end of this document.