Devastating earthquakes have hit Indonesia recently. The latest quake occurred in Lombok on August 19, 2018. This time, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck East Lombok. The quake was followed by 88 aftershocks, some eight of which were felt strongly by locals. That was the third large earthquake to strike Lombok in recent times after the previous quakes in July and on August 5, 2018. The government has set a national emergency status to handle the disaster.

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has provided satellite data of images of several cities in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) to identify the condition of the areas before and after the quake. The institution uses satellite data from spot 6/7 and very high resolution satellite imagery, terraSAR and sentinel. Data of layout map has been used to help authorities make post-disaster mitigation decisions. LAPAN worked with Pastigana BNPB, BPBD NTP and other related agencies.

LAPAN has activated sentinel, Jaxa, RSO, DLR, and the International Charter to improve the data and has collaborated in processing the data. As LAPAN has cooperated with international organizations that handle remote sensing activities, the agency can ask for additional data if needed.

The satellite imagery data provided by LAPAN can be seen here: http://pusfatja.lapan.go.id/simba/qr/earthquake/Intenasional/ and http://pusfatja.lapan.go.id/simba/qr/earthquake/Layout_Pasca_Gempa_Lombok_300dpi/

LAPAN has also contributed in providing amateur radio communication facilities for post-earthquake communication by using the LAPAN-A2/LAPAN-ORARI satellite. The agency has activated its LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) satellite to help communication between volunteers in Lombok.

In addition, LAPAN has contributed to other disaster emergency responses in Indonesia. LAPAN responds to the disaster emergency response based on satellite data. LAPAN’s data have been used to identify the lava dome on Mount Merapi, as well as the spread of smoke and hotspot locations in some areas, like Riau, Central Kalimantan (Pulau Pisang regency, East Kotawaringin) and regencies in West Kalimantan (Ketapang, Sambas, Kubu Raya, North Kayong and Pontianak). The data of those areas can be seen here: http://pusfatja.lapan.go.id/index.php/tanggapbencana.

Jakarta, August 26, 2018