Indonesia: Largely dry weather to aid earthquake recovery as death toll tops 380
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 11, 2018, 11:06:34 AM EDT
Largely dry weather is expected to aid ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of last Sunday's deadly earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok this weekend.
The death toll after Sunday's 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok increased to 387 on Saturday, according to The Straight Times.
On Thursday, a 5.9 magnitude aftershock struck the island around midday. The tremor caused panic, damaged buildings and triggered landslides. Some rescue efforts had to be suspended.
More than two dozen people were injured. The AP reported that among those who sustained fresh injuries on Thursday were 17 people who were still being treated after Sunday's earthquake.
Thousands of homes were already damaged or destroyed by last Sunday's earthquake, displacing more than 270,000 people.
After an increase in shower activity on Friday, drier air will filter over the island this weekend.
"This is a drier time of year for Indonesia, so most places will be largely dry this weekend and into early next week with times of clouds and sunshine," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
A brief shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, and a breeze will blow over southern parts of the island.
Temperatures can climb to near 29 C (middle 80s F) daily this weekend. Those without power and air conditioners, as well as crews working outdoors, will have to endure AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures rising to near 32 C (90 F) during the midday and afternoon hours.
Reuters reported that power has been restored to most areas.
The epicenter of Sunday's earthquake was located on the northern tip of Lombok. Shaking was felt westward throughout the island of Bali and over parts of eastern Java.
At more isolated locations, widespread devastation has made it difficult for rescuers to get resources to hard-hit areas.
On Thursday, injured villagers of Kopang Daya finally received aid after medics arrived with portable X-rays and other supplies, according to the AP. Twenty water trucks have been sent to five remote areas.
Residents and remaining tourists are wary of aftershocks now that many structures have been weakened by the multiple strong earthquakes.
Fears of more tremors caused thousands of tourists to leave Lombok since Sunday, according to Reuters. The majority left on extra flights provided by airlines or on ferries to Bali.
The AP reports that there have been at least 450 aftershocks in the wake of Sunday's earthquake.
Prior to Sunday's earthquake, Lombok was cleaning up from the strong earthquake that rattled the island on July 29.
At least 16 people were killed by that 6.4 magnitude quake. Many buildings collapsed and more than 1,400 homes were damaged, according to the AP. This earthquake is being attributed to weakening many structures that exponentially added to the destruction from Sunday's 6.9 earthquake.
There is damage in Bali. This is Galleria Mall parking lot pic.twitter.com/eWC4Gu9bzc— Bali_chris (@Bali_chris) August 5, 2018
Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, which is an area prone to frequent earthquakes.
Sunday's earthquake was initially rated with a magnitude of 7.0, but was revised down to 6.9 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
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