JAKARTA – On Sunday, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency reported, “A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Sunday struck the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia, damaging many buildings, but there were no immediate reports of casualties”.
Jean-Paul Volckaert told Reuters via telephone, “We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything falling on our heads. I’ve been walking around but so far there is no damage. We were very surprised as the water in the pools was swaying like a wild sea. There were waves in the pools but only for 20 to 30 seconds”. The earthquake struck at 6:47 a.m. on Sunday and was only 4.35 miles deep, a shallow depth that would have amplified its effect. The second struck less than an hour later. The earthquake was on land and did not trigger any waves or tsunami. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the European quake agency, put the magnitude at 6.5.
Local news Metro TV reported that people were still sleeping when the first quake hit and they quickly fled their houses in panic. Most of the people were still waiting outside their houses in fear of aftershocks.
Nugroho, said in a statement, “Rinjani mountain climbing is closed temporarily because there is an indication of a landslide around the mountain”.