EOS Alerts 7-8-2018
Indonesia: Temporarily Avoid Travel to Lombok Following Major Earthquakes
On 5 August, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and several strong aftershocks hit Lombok. The death toll is expected to increase to more than 100 people, as rescuers struggle to reach some areas left devastated by the tremors. 20,000 people are currently living in temporary shelters. The earthquake follows a similar one on 29 July, which killed at least 16 people. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged.
On 7 August, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller service issued updated travel advice for Indonesia. “Following the powerful earthquake which hit Lombok on 5 August, we are temporarily recommending Australians reconsider their need to travel to Lombok, including the Gili Islands. The level of our advice for other regions of Indonesia, including Bali, has not changed: exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia. Higher levels apply in Central Sulawesi and Papua provinces.”
Indonesia lies within the active seismic zone known as "the Pacific Ring of Fire" and earthquakes are not uncommon. Expect the associated disruptions as a result of the quake. Follow local media for more information and remain vigilant. Check with your airline and accommodation provider before travelling there. Follow the instructions of local authorities.