On 5 August 2018, a destructive and shallow earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 (ML  7.0 according to BMKG) struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. It was the main shock following its foreshock, a nearby Mw 6.4 earthquake on 29 July. It was followed by another 6.9 earthquake on 19 August 2018.

The epicentre was located inland, near Loloan Village in North Lombok Regency. Its rupture spread to the north and reached the sea, creating tsunamis. Severe shaking was reported throughout the entire island, while strong shaking was reported on the neighboring islands of Bali and Sumbawa.

Widespread damage was reported in Lombok and Bali. Officials stated that at least 80% of structures in North Lombok were either damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of the sequence of earthquakes in August, a total of 563 people were confirmed killed while more than 1,000 were confirmed injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.

The earthquake is the largest and the strongest earthquake to have hit Lombok in recorded history. With more than 560 deaths, it is also the deadliest earthquake in Lesser Sunda Islands since the 1992 Flores earthquake and tsunami and the deadliest in Indonesia since the September 2009 Sumatra earthquake.

This is a reason more for SoCal Indo to raise awareness, to unite and support.  Together with the Indonesian Community in SoCal and The Burat Wangi Group from Cal Art, Valencia, California, we decided to join forces and help the victims of the earthquake on Lombok, Indonesia, all help is needed to rebuild Lombok, Indonesia !

We started the LOVE 4 LOMBOK 7.0 Campaign, by using #LOVE4LOMBOK on social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter we are trying to raise awareness and ask for donations, whether it’s a Dollar or more, anything helps to rebuild Lombok, Indonesia.

On Saturday, 22 September 2018 there will be a charity event at Dutch Club Avio from 11AM-7PM PST, The Burat Wangi Group from Cal Art, Valencia, California will be performing a variety of traditional Indonesian dances all day long, musical performance from Jolali and guest appearances from our own SoCal Indos Jason Schmidt-Weymans and Mega Passage.

There will be Indonesian food served all day long and Holland International Market and many vendors will be present during this charity event.

All donations and funds received throughout our LOVE4LOMBOK 7.0 campaign and event will go to The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation and Tzu Chi.

Thank you for your kind donations and we look forward to see you Saturday 22 September 2018.