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Powerful quake and aftershocks rock Indonesia’s Bali and Java islands, no casualties reported

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DENPASAR (INDONESIA), Aug 29: A powerful earthquake and two strong aftershocks rocked
Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and other parts of the country early on Tuesday, causing panic but
no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 and was centred in the
Bali Sea 181 kilometers northeast of Gili Air, a tiny island near the coast of Lombok Island, next to
Bali. It occurred at a depth of 513.5 kilometers.
Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency said there was no danger of a
tsunami but warned of dangers from aftershocks. The agency put the quake’s preliminary magnitude
at 7.4. Variations in early measurements are common.
The quake was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.4 and 5.6 that hit the Bali sea a few minutes
later, just before dawn.
Many residents and tourists rushed out of their homes and hotels toward higher ground after
reporting powerful shockwaves, but the situation returned to normal after they received text
messages saying the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.
"I thought the walls were going to come down on the hotel," an Australian tourist said on social
People in the neighbouring provinces of East Java, Central Java, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa
Tenggara also felt the tremors and panicked as houses and buildings swayed for several seconds.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic
eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault
lines in the Pacific.
An earthquake in the hilly Karangasem in 2021 triggered landslides and cut off at least three villages,
killing at least three people.
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake last year killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in West Java’s
Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed
about 4,340 people.
In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000
people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province. (AP)

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