Powerful Earthquake Strikes Indonesia
On August 6, a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian Island of Lombok. More than 300 people have died, hundreds more have been injured and thousands have been displaced. This earthquake follows a 6.4 earthquake that hit the island on July 29, killing 16 people. Over a dozen aftershocks have already been reported, including the latest 6.2 quake that added to the destruction. Lombok, a popular tourist destination, is located 25 miles east of Bali, where the quake was also felt. Additional aftershocks are expected.
The Indonesian archipelago, where Lombok and Bali are located, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Americares responded to that disaster and remained in the region to help with a long recovery. Americares is deploying emergency response experts from the United States and Jakarta to assess survivors’ health needs and coordinate with partner organizations responding to the crisis.