Bali earthquake map: NASA map reveals Lombok earthquake CHANGED Indonesia’s landscape

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The satellite image produced by NASA shows how much ground has been displaced since the magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the Indonesian island on August 5.

Major ground uplift, as much as 10 inches (25cm) was recorded over a six-day period between on July 30 and August 5.

Most of the movement is in Northern Lombok – the epicentre of the earthquake, which struck 6 miles (10km) below the surface.

The change in ground happened almost entirely due to the quake, which has officially killed 259 people and injured thousands.

The images were produced by NASA and Caltech’s Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA).

NASA said in a statement: “From the pattern of deformation in the map, scientists have determined that the earthquake fault slip was on a fault between the northwestern part of Lombok Island, and it caused as much as 10 inches (25cm) of uplift of the ground surface.

“White areas in the image are places where the radar measurement was not possible, largely due to dense forest in the middle of the islands.”

With these maps, NASA can assist the response to earthquake and other natural disasters, using their satellites.

Bali earthquake map: This NASA map shows how much the ground has moved since Sunday’s earthquake (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Copernicus/ESA )
Bali earthquake map: As much as 25cm of uplift has happened since the earthquake struck (Image: Getty)

The Lombok earthquake on Sunday has killed 259 people, the disaster mitigation agency said on Thursday.

The death toll was previously at 131 and unofficially stood at 347.

The agency said in a statement: “The 259 number of deaths are those who have been verified. This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings.”

The country has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks following the major quake, including one on Thursday measuring magnitude 5.9 at a depth of 10km (6 miles).

The aftershock hit the north of the island and witnesses said buildings and walls which had already been weakened by Sunday quake collapsed.

Ruslan, a 29-year-old resident of Pemenang on the northwestern shoulder of Lombok said he had been anxious about aftershocks.

He said: “My heart jumps if even the door slams hard. It’s difficult to get used to.

“We are still scared to go into the house. At the most we go in quickly to grab something about then run back out.”

Bali earthquake map: The change in ground happened almost entirely due to the quake (Image: Getty )

A humanitarian crisis could be imminent in Lombok, as thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need to clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

The islands rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, but power has been restored in most areas.

Aid workers have found some hamlets hard to reach because bridges and roads were torn up by the disaster.

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