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Assessing the situation

The response in Lombok is being led by the Indonesian Government.

We've got a team of highly-trained volunteers and a member of staff on the ground in Indonesia right now.

The team, consisting of three Response Team Volunteers and a member of staff, is working with local Rotary contacts to deliver aid to families in Lombok who have lost everything in the recent earthquakes.

So far, together with local Rotary groups, we have helped over 360 families across North and West Lombok, in over 80 communities.

In addition to providing tents, tarpaulins, ropes, kitchen sets, blankets, ground sheets, mosquito nets, and solar lights, we have also provided tents to maternity and postnatal clinics.

We are hoping to help many more families over the coming weeks.

Operational update

Find out more about the earthquake and how we're responding in this special update from Alf, Head of Operations.

Where is Lombok?

Lombok highlighted on a map

The island of Lombok is located in West Nusa Tenggara province, in Indonesia. It’s situated to the east of Bali on the other side of the Lombok Strait. The capital, and largest city on the island, is Mataram. 

Lombok is a popular tourist destination, with thousands of people from around the world flocking to the island every year. Lombok’s main tourist attractions are its beaches and hiking trails. 

Whilst tourists are able to evacuate to their homes, thousands of local families have nothing left and are in urgent need of shelter.



An earthquake happens when pieces of the earth's surface rub together, causing the ground to shake. 



Although the ground we walk on may seem solid, it is actually made of huge pieces of flat rock which together, create a kind of patchwork.  

These flat pieces of rock are called plates and are constantly moving, although this usually happens so slowly we don’t even notice.  

Sometimes these plates get stuck and pressure builds up until one of the plates is forced to give way – this can cause the ground across a wide area to vibrate violently. 



The size of an earthquake is usually measured by a system called the ‘Richter Scale’. Earthquakes that measure below 4 on this scale are unlikely to cause any damage and those below 2 will usually not even be felt.  

However, earthquakes above 5 on the Richter Scale will cause damage and those above 7 are considered major earthquakes. These larger earthquakes can result in buildings being destroyed or so badly damaged they are too dangerous to live in. 



Aftershocks are earthquakes that follow the largest shock of an earthquake sequence.  

They are smaller than the initial, main earthquakes and within 1-2 rupture lengths distance from the mainshock.  

Aftershocks can continue over a period of weeks, months, or even years. In general, the larger the mainshock, the larger and more numerous the aftershocks, and the longer they will continue.  




We support the most remote communities across the world that have been affected by disaster.

We go the extra mile to find the most vulnerable families whose lives have been devastated by disaster. Our work isn't done until no family is left without shelter.