Sunday 30 April 2017

Earthquake hits Bali resort island causing panic among residents and tourists

Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
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An earthquake that hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali has caused panic among residents and tourists.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck at 7.10am local time on Wednesday (11.10pm GMT Tuesday) was centred 1.4 miles north east of Banjar Pasekan, a town in the south-eastern part of Bali, at a depth of 74 miles.

There were no reports of casualties or damage but witnesses said many residents and tourists ran out of their homes and hotels to higher ground.

But the situation returned to normal after they received text messages saying the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.

Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the earthquake at 6.4 magnitude but said it would not cause a tsunami because the epicentre was so deep.

Indonesia is prone to the seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.

Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign tourists past in front a tower warning of tsunami in Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images

In December 2004 a massive earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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