Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Java, Bali; 3 Killed

Indonesia earthquake: Huge 6.0 magnitude rocks volcanic Java island Huge earthquake rocks Bali forcing locals to flee their homes
Deanna Wagner | 11 October, 2018, 07:54

Hotel guests stand outside of a hotel shortly after an quake in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, October 11, 2018.

The victims in East Java's Sumenep district were killed after being crushed by collapsed buildings, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

At least three people have died following a 6.4-magnitude quake in East Java that was felt in Bali and Lombok in the early hours of Thursday.

Initial reports said the quake killed three people in Java and damaged some buildings, while causing panic among residents.

It shook buildings for several seconds on nearby Bali with some residents briefly leaving their homes in the island's capital Denpasar.

Guests at a hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main worldwide airport, fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

The USGS put the epicentre at 40km northeast of Sumberanyar on Java island.

"All my neighbours were also running", said the mother of two.

Indonesia, Papua New Guinea hit by new earthquakes
The initial shock was followed by two further tremors shortly afterwards, of magnitude 5 or greater. Hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Indonesia's disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centered at sea, 55 km northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are holding annual meetings on Bali through Sunday. "People were sleeping but got woken up by it", Tonny Akbar Mahendro told AFP.

It struck the island of New Britain this morning, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there is now a threat of a tsunami.

The country is still working to recover from the quake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people and left perhaps thousands more buried deeply in mud in some neighborhoods of Palu city in central Sulawesi.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The head of Indonesia's geophysics agency said there had been no reports of casualties or damage, although information was still being gathered, but the quake "didn't trigger any tsunami".