Jakarta, 30th July 2018 (13:00) – On Sunday, 29th July at 05:47 local time, the north-western region of Lombok was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale. Reports are coming in that the quake has claimed at least 14 casualties, with more than 160 people known to have been injured. There have also been reports of damage to numerous buildings in the immediate vicinity of the quake.
The US Geological Survey have confirmed the epicentre of the earthquake was approximately 50 kilometres north-east of the city of Mataram, with most of the damage limited to a 24-kilometre radius in the island’s northwest. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reports that Lombok experienced more than 60 aftershocks in the four hours following the initial quake, whilst the head of BMKG Mataram, Agus Riyanto, confirmed the earthquake could also be felt in neighbouring Bali.
The BMKG also received a report that the quake had caused a landslide on Mount Rinjani, resulting in the closure of the mountain’s hiking path in an area that’s popular with travellers. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who is the spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, Hundreds of climbers are being evacuated from the Rinjani national park and 115 have been safely escorted out.
We can confirm that the central and western regions of Lombok – including popular tourist locations such as Sengiggi and the Gilis Islands – remain unaffected, although some tourists have reported feeling tremors. All of Panorama Destination’s clients currently in Lombok are located in these areas and have been confirmed as safe. At the time of writing, Lombok’s airport remains open and is operating as normal.
We will continue to update these pages and our social media platforms with the latest news from Lombok as soon as it becomes available.
In case of emergency, you can contact our General Manager for Flores and Lombok, Mr. Benny Onor
Phone: +62 811 3855 155