An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck eastern Lombok (Nusa Tenggara province), on 5 August 2018. There have been several significant aftershocks of 6.5 magnitude on 19 August, and 6.2 magnitude on 9 August. Aftershocks are expected to continue. Reports indicate that over 90 people have died, and there are over 200 severely injured although these numbers are likely to rise. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency reported the initial epicentre at 50km north-east of the city of Mataram (the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province) where there has been significant damage to buildings and power cuts. It was also felt in Bima, and lesser shakes including numerous aftershocks were felt in Bali (Karangasam), Denpasar, Kuta and in parts of East Java. Initial damage reports state the worst areas affected are North Lombok (including Gili Islands), West Lombok and Mataram City.
If you are in the affected area or areas potentially affected by the earthquake you should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, exercise caution and monitor local media for any developments. Please also keep your family back in New Zealand informed of your wellbeing.
We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Lombok and the Gili islands within our travel advisory for Indonesia (high risk). This is due to the risk of aftershocks, damage to local infrastructure and disruptions to essential services including power and transportation. People will continue to be evacuated from the Gili islands by Indonesian authorities and private operators. The Indonesian Government is managing a major natural disaster in Lombok and are doing their best to evacuate the many hundreds of foreigners and locals affected.
New Zealanders that require consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta on (+ 62 21) 2995 5800 or by email at email@example.com.
If you have concerns about a New Zealand citizen family member in Indonesia, please try and make direct contact in the first instance including by social media. If you have ongoing concerns, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +64 4 439 8000 and ask to speak to Consular Division.
Airports on both Lombok and Bali are both operating normally despite some minor damage. Flights have resumed, with some additional flights to Bali, although there are travel delays. If you have imminent travel plans involving Indonesia, we recommend contacting your accommodation provider or travel agent directly to check whether your destination is affected by the earthquake and assure yourself that all essential utilities and services are operational before departure. You should contact your airline directly to reconfirm your flight status.
We also recommend having a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
Reviewed:20 Aug 2018, 14:00
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