Bali hit by earthquake

Bali hit by earthquake

No tsunami warning issued: 50 people injured, at least three in critical condition

The epicenter of the quake was located approximately 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Denpasar.A powerful earthquake struck Bali earlier today, injuring scores of people.

According to The Beat, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a 6.0 earthquake struck Bali at 11:16 a.m.

The quake, which Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency rated at 6.8, was felt in various locations around the island. Residents and tourists fled in panic as the quake made windows rattle and sent water sloshing out of swimming pools.

At least 50 people have been injured and three people are in critical condition, Wayan Sudanti, a hospital spokesperson told The Beat.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of the quake was located approximately 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Denpasar, and was recorded at a depth of 61.3 kilometers.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami and has not issued a warning.

The discrepancy between the two readings has not been explained, but it is understood that the island's business center Denpasar experienced the strongest impact of the quake.

Indonesia sits on a vulnerable quake-prone zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire," where two continental plates meet and cause frequent seismic and volcanic movements.

Bali last experienced a strong quake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, on July 14, 1976, which devastated Buleleng and killed 471 people. On December 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami killed about 170,000 people in the Indonesian province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra.


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