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Three killed as strong quake rocks Indonesia's Java, Bali

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Ginger Lawrence | 11 October, 2018, 15:41

A minor natural disaster also hit Bali this morning.

The International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, are holding annual meetings on Bali through to Sunday.

In East Java, three people were crushed to death in their sleep when the quake brought down buildings and damaged some 210 houses in Sumenep district, East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told AFP.

People in the eastern part of Java, Madura and Bali islands also reported they felt the quake.

Others in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main global airport, also panicked.

According ot the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 6.0 quake's epicentre was about 40 km north-east of Sumberanyar on nearby Java island.

"The quake was very big. People were sleeping but got woken up by it", Tonny Akbar Mahendro told AFP. "I immediately woke up and took my little kids out of the house", Ni Komang Sudiani told AFP.

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The quake was also felt in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, which is about 200km from Situbondo, the nearest town to the quake epicentre.

Indonesia's disaster agency, BNPB, is asking for tents, water treatment units, generators and transport from other countries as it still recovers from the previous quake and tsunami, which struck September 28.

Central Sulawesi was devastated when hit by a 7.5 magnitude quake last month which killed nearly 2000 people with hundreds more still missing.

The latest quake hit early Thursday about 157 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of the popular island of Bali, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

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.