Deadly earthquake hits Lombok, Indonesia – Landslide traps 40 tourists at waterfall!

A M5.5 earthquake shook the Island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara at 2:00 p.m. (local time) and was followed by a M5.0 earthquake a few minutes later (2:07 p.m.). The first tremor triggered a landslide on the slope of Mount Rinjani that trapped about 40 tourists at the Tiu Kelep waterfall located on the active volcano, killing at least six people and injuring dozens.

A moderately strong earthquake has triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on Indonesia’s Lombok island, killing at least six and injuring dozens. via USGS

The moderately strong earthquake struck at a depth of 23 kilometers (15 miles) and thus was felt across the island.

No tsunami alert has been issued by the authorities.

Consequences districts after 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 have been 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.

Bayan district was one of several areas heavily damaged by a series of earthquakes that jolted the island between July and August last year. More than 500 people were killed while more than 1,500 were injured during that disaster.

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[ReliefWeb, StraitsTimes, VOANews, USGS]

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