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Professor Kerry Sieh Shares his Insights on Indonesia’s Shattered Paradise, Lombok

On 29 July 2018, Lombok was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, killing 20 people. A week later, an even stronger earthquake of magnitude 6.9 devasted the island. Strong aftershocks continued to rock the Indonesian island, quickly transforming the popular tourist paradise into “hell on earth”.

Mount Tangkuban Perahu is a stratovolcano in Bandung, West Java.

The Child of Krakatoa Awakes

At approximately 9:30pm local time (2:30pm GMT) on the 22ndDecember 2018, a tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, which lies between the islands of Java and Sumatra, claiming over 430 lives. According to Indonesia’s disaster agency there are at least 1,500 injured, over 120 people still missing, and around 12,000 people have been displaced.

On a field trip to Simeulue Island off the coast of Sumatra, Prof. Kerry Sieh studying microatoll corals to put together a history of uplift caused by earthquakes in the region.

A Singaporean Survivor's Tale of the Lombok Earthquakes

On Sunday (29 July 2018), I learnt about the strong 6.4-magnitude (M) earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. As we have friends living there, I wanted to visit to see what aid we could organise for the people there. So my husband and I went to Lombok with some friends, and we linked up with other humanitarian aid groups to visit the Sembalun area, which is about 1,000 metres above sea level, at the foothills of Mount Rinjani, one of the most scenic volcanoes in the world.

At the Sumba Islands in Indonesia, researchers found these uplifted coral reef terraces 500 metres above sea level.

Volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung in Indonesia covering crops.

Surface expression of an earthquake rupture along a road towards Meulaboh, Banda Aceh. The earthquake event was not identified.

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