Published On: Tue, Jul 16th, 2019

Bali earthquake: Indonesia island struck by magnitude 6.2 quake – Ring of Fire latest news | World | News


One tourist responded on Twitter to the shock of experiencing the massive tremor saying: “We were right next to the ocean and all eyes turned to the water. Tsunamis are my biggest natural disaster fear.” One witness 54 miles north east from epicentre said their “house was shaking, the garden wall was waving”. This quake that has shaken the tourist island of Bali has since been downgraded to a magnitude 5.7 on the Richter Scale.

Another witness said: “I felt the quake for a few seconds, I felt it on the first floor, it felt medium strong.”

One Twitter user said: “We are on holiday in Bali.

“The quake shook so hard it woke my son up.”

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake usually causes damage to a moderate number of well-built structures in populated areas.

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Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency distributed a photograph of damage at the Lokanatha temple in Denpasar, showing smashed masonry lying on the ground.

Lius Winarto, a sales administrator at the Mercure Hotel Nusa Dua, a small part of the building’s roof had been damaged.

There was also minor damage at a school, a house and a temple in different areas on the southern side of Bali, according to online portal Balipost.com.

An earthquake of this size on the Richter scale will be felt in wider areas, up to hundreds of miles from the epicentre.

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.

These earthquakes will be experienced as extremely strong to violent shaking at the actual epicentral area.

The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes, more than 75 percent of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes are located in this region that surrounds the Pacific Ocean.

One eye witness reported hearing a massive noise, then “the big shake”.

Another claimed they were in bed and it started to shake, saying the shaking happened for “2 or 3 seconds”.

No tsunami warning has been issued at this stage according to the BMKG, the Indonesian agency that monitors earthquakes.

The earthquake’s depth is estimated to have been more than 100 miles below ground.

German Press Association’s Hathai Pia, who is visiting the island for a holiday, said she and other residents staying at one of the island’s many hotels had been evacuated into the lobby.

Local residents reported the walls of their homes shaking and household items such as pots and pans being shaken to the floor.

The quake comes just two days after powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck the eastern Indonesian island of Halmahera, killing two people.



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