On 30th July 2018 what was supposed to be a fun Sunday turned out to be the biggest nightmare for the tourist and people of Indonesia. Early morning around 5.45 a.m. local time (6.45 p.m. Saturday ET), the earthquake of 6.4 magnitudes erupted on Lombok Island resulting in the death of 14 people and leaving 162 people injured. According to the reports 1000 homes were completely destroyed and compelled people to flee to another place for safety.
The owner of the hostel resided in Lombok Island told CNN reporters that this was the strongest and disastrous earthquake he has experienced in this island. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is helping the police to determine the number of people missing. Many local residents are helping the rescue team to find the missing people and helping the injured ones.
Even after the 2 more hours, the tremors were felt according to the residents of Lombok Island. Although earthquakes of small magnitude are common in Lombok Island and occur frequently, this has been the deadliest earthquake ever experienced by the people of Lombok Island leaving tourists in the state of fear and shock.
Both Bali and Lombok, the most beautiful places of Indonesia, are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire which is an intense area of frequent seismic and volcanic activities. Model and TV actor Chrissy Teigen who was there with her family tweeted about the earthquake tremor she felt. The Natural Disaster Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia, Red Cross Society and other volunteers are working hard to find the missing people and rescuing people who are stuck between debris. Hiking and other activities at Mt. Rinjani has been suspended. The Bali Airport is functioning as normal.