Mount Rinjani Volcano 6.5 Earthquake Mudslides 15 Dead 150 Injured

Volcano Rinjani 6.5 Earthquake Mudslides 16 Dead 150 Injured
Volcano Rinjani 6.5 Earthquake Mudslides 16 Dead 150 Injured
Lombok Island Indonesia
Lombok Island Indonesia

Mount Rinjani Volcano 6.5 Earthquake Mudslides 15 Dead 150 Injured – On Sunday, July 29, 2018, following the strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake (see video below) yesterday, which occurred right under the volcano, triggered landslides and mudflows, damaging some of the access routes to Mount Rinjani National Park and partially made evacuation impassable. The quake killed 15 and injured 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island. About 500 hikers in the area of Segara Anakan and 60 in Batu Ceper were trapped.

The Indonesian island of Lombok, shook by an earthquake, triggered landslides killed 15 people. The shallow quake damaged more than 1,400 houses. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government would give each family whose home was destroyed 50 million rupiah ($3,500) to rebuild.

P&O Cruises ship Pacific Aria is due to call at Lombok tomorrow (July 31, 2018) from 0900 hours to 1800 hours. Pacific Aria will be back on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Viking Cruises ship Viking Spirit will call on Saturday, December 1. Seabourn Cruises ship Seabourn Encore will call at the port on Tuesday, December 4. It’s unclear if Pacific Aria will call in Lombok or cancel as a result of the island damage.

Rescue efforts by helicopters and search teams are underway. The volcano itself does not seem to have been affected so far by the earthquake.

Mount Rinjani National Park

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. It is protected by Mount Rinjani National Park Rinjani. The  volcano rises to 3,726 metres (12,224 ft), second in height among Indonesian volcanoes only to Sumatra’s Kerinci volcano. Rinjani is one of the series of volcanoes built in the Lesser Sunda Islands due to the subduction of Indo-Australian oceanic crust beneath the Lesser Sunda Islands, and it is interpreted that the source of melted magma is about 165–200 kilometres (103–124 mi) depth.

On April 27,  2009 Gunung Barujari became active, with activity continuing through to May 2009. The mountain was closed at that time as the eruptions intensified with plumes of smoke and ash as high as 8,000 m (26,000 ft). A Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI):2 rating was issued for the activity between May 2, 2009 and December 20, 2009. The activity during this period was described as having the characteristics of central vent eruption, flank (excentric) vent,  explosive eruption and lava flow(s).

Mount Rinjani National Park  is popular for mountain climbs and trekking and represents an important nature reserve and water catchement area. The park is officially 41,330 hectares (159.6 sq mi) within the park boundaries and includes a further 66,000 hectares (250 sq mi) of protected forest outside.

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Video: Indonesia quake survivor recounts his escape