Quake off Java and Bali kills three

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

At least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands this morning, a government official said.

The major quake's epicenter was 125 kilometers (75 miles) east of the town of Kimbe, according to USGS, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 km.

A magnitude-7 natural disaster has hit Papua New Guinea.

The agency said the worst affected area was in Sumenep district, East Java where three people died in one village and several homes were damaged.

Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk.

The 6.0 magnitude struck just off the popular holiday destination of Bali.

Constable Roy Michael said by phone from Rabaul police station: 'We felt the natural disaster a bit, but it was not too strong'. Stretches of the coastline were trashed by the tsunami that Mr. Nugroho said had waves up to 11 meters (36 feet) high.

In Bali, residents describing strong tremors.

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

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"The quake was very big".

The Nusa Dua Command Center, which was set up to secure the ongoing International Monetary Fund-World Bank Annual Meetings, reported that there were no significant impacts on infrastructure in Nusa Dua, Bali. "I immediately woke up and took my little kids out of the house", Ni Komang Sudiani told AFP.

"All my neighbours were also running".

The quake was felt throughout East Java and also in parts of Bali and Lombok.

It said "the natural disaster was felt quite strongly by people in Sumenep and Situbondo for 2-5 seconds. People were sleeping but got woken up by it", Tonny Akbar Mahendro told AFP.

The country is still working to recover from the natural disaster 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.

Around 100 people died on the island of Lombok August when an quake measuring 7 struck and was followed by aftershocks.

This is where numerous world's natural disasters occur due to it sitting on top of continuously sliding tectonic plates.

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