Written by Mertice Ho

Two earthquakes struck the island of Lombok last week. The first, a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 31, stranded more than 500 hikers and guides after it triggered major landslides on Mount Rinjani and blocked hiking routes. Most of those stranded managed to make their way down safely on foot. However, there were a few who had to be airlifted via helicopter. The initial quake killed 17 people across the island. August 6 saw a separate 6.9 magnitude quake hitting Lombok and killing more than 90 people across the Island. Holidayers and locals scrambled to higher ground after a tsunami warning was put out, but no tsunami approached and it was eventually cancelled. Our Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, was in Lombok for a security conference and felt the effects in his hotel room. Thankfully, the entire Singapore delegation is safe and unaffected.

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