URGENT: Earthquake Rocks Bali and Java Islands in Indonesia

Indonesia, Bali, earthquake

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing three people in Java and damaging some buildings while causing panic among residents.

The quake, located in the Bali Sea, also shook buildings on the resort island and some residents briefly left their homes in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are being held this week in Bali and attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers, central bank heads and some leaders.

The three deaths in East Java occurred after buildings collapsed while people were sleeping, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement.

The USGS put the epicenter at 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Sumberanyar on Java island.

Indonesia suffered a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on September 28 on the island of Sulawesi. The official death toll from the catastrophe has risen to 2,045, with more bodies being found as some 10,000 rescuers scour ruins in the seaside city of Palu, the regional capital of Central Sulawesi.

More than 82,000 people were displaced in the worst-hit city of Palu, 1,500 km northeast of the capital, Jakarta, and 67,000 homes destroyed or damaged.

Another earthquake in Lombok, an island neighbouring Bali on its Eastern side, killed over 500 people last August.

(Source: Reuters)