Bali rattled by quake ahead of Dr M’s visit

Irving Hamilton
October 11, 2018

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the quake that shook Bali and East Java.

In nearby Sampang district, 27 people were injured and 36 houses damaged across eight villages, Mangera added.

Bali is now hosting the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group with over 19,000 delegates and guests in attendance.

The deaths come just weeks after a magnitude-7.5 quake and tsunami left more than 2,000 people dead.

The tremor's epicenter was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometers off the eastern end of Java island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tremor comes after a 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi - around 1,000 kilometers northeast of Situbondo - last month, killing more than 2,000 people. The quake occured at a depth of 9 km, and a tsunami warning has not been issued. Over 19,000 delegates and guests are present, including Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

Bali is now hosting the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group.

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The quake already killed three people in Java, but no deaths have yet been reported in Bali.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's geophysics agency, told AFP. Around 5,000 people were thought to still be missing.

Several homes were also lost in Thursday's natural disaster, which affected parts of Bali and East Java.

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

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. Earthquakes often rock the island nation, and it has some of the most active volcanoes in the area.

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