Bali earthquake: Tourists flee hotels in terror as 6.1 magnitude tremor strikes

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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Bali today, prompting people to flee buildings in terror.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the undersea quake and there was no tsunami warning issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The epicentre was 102 km (62 miles) southwest of the Indonesian island’s capital, Denpasar, and was 100 km (60 miles) deep, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.

Rubble scattered across the entrance to the Nusa Dua hotel

The quake caused some light damage in Bali

 

One resident said people in Denpasar ran out of their boarding house in pyjamas after feeling the quake.

A Twitter user with the handle Indounik in the city of Ubud on Bali said the quake was “strong enough to make me adopt the drop, cover and hold approach recommended to survive a quake”.

Another Twitter user, Marc van Voorst, described the quake as feeing like “a heavy truck or train passing by at close range”.

Hindus prayed as the tremor rocked the island

People fled buildings when the quake struck

He said there was no panic, even though his hotel in the Uluwatu area shook quite a bit.

The quake could also be felt in other cities on the neighbouring islands of Lombok and Java, Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency said in a statement.

Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes, sometimes causing tsunamis, because it lies on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Its Moluccas islands were hit by a powerful 7.2 quake on Sunday that killed at least two people and prompted hundreds to flee their homes.

The most devastating tremor in recent Indonesian history was on Dec. 26, 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake triggered a tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.

A tsunami also hit the city of Palu in Sulawesi last year, killing thousands.



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