On July 29th, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurred near the islands of Bali and Lombok. Unfortunately, ninety-one people died.

During the powerful earthquake, many people rushed out of buildings. According to Indonesian authorities, two hundred people were injured by the earthquake. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the Disaster Management Department in Indonesia, expects this number to increase. 

The earthquake was 31KM deep, at the north end of Lombok and near Loloan. Initially, the United States Geological Survey assumed it would be a 7.0-magnitude quake. Aftershocks ranged from 4.3 to 5.4 magnitudes. 

Following the earthquake, officials initially instituted a tsunami warning. However, they shortly lifted the alert.

While residents don’t have to worry about facing another natural disaster, they still have to focus on the damage wrought by the earthquake.

The earthquake injured four Indonesia Red Cross volunteers. The team began to move people to higher ground, as a tsunami warning had been originally broadcasted.

 

THE EARTHQUAKE LEFT PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER AND SERVICE

 

Parts of Lombok still have no power. In Tanjung, the town closest to the earthquake’s epicenter, landlines and cellphone services are down.

It is no surprise that this earthquake occurred. The Indonesian archipelago is a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a massive area full of extreme seismic activity and volcanic activity. Hopefully, the islands recover quickly from this disaster. 

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