BNPB: Lombok Quake Economic Loss at Rp7.45tn

Lester Mason
August 20, 2018

The August 5 natural disaster struck a week after a slightly weaker quake caused 20 deaths on Lombok.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

At least 417,000 people have been displaced by the temblor, which damaged nearly 72,000 homes, 671 schools, 52 health centres and 128 religious sites.

A relatively deep offshore quake struck the Indonesian archipelago late on Friday, August 17, according to data from the US Geological Survey.

417 thousand inhabitants of the island are now in makeshift camps, afraid to return home because of the possibility of new earthquakes.

An quake earlier this month rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing more than 400 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, according to the government.

There was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activities, where some 7,000 earthquakes, mostly moderate, are recorded each year.

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