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Bali earthquake kills three, injures seven

  • Published at 12:28 pm October 16th, 2021
Bali Quake
A man is seen among damaged buildings of a temple after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Bali, in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia October 16, 2021 Antara Foto via Reuters

A landslide triggered by the quake killed two of the victims another was killed by falling debris, say officials

Three people were killed Saturday when an earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island Bali, the disaster agency said.

The 4.8 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the town of Banjar Wanasari. Shallow quakes tend to do more damage than deep tremors.

Two people died when the quake triggered a landslide that buried their house in Bangli regency while another person was killed in the port town of Karangasem, officials said.

The death toll was not expected to rise, they added.


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"The quake was felt strongly for five seconds," said disaster agency spokesman Abdul Muhari.

"People were panicking and ran from their houses when the quake hit."

A member of Indonesian military walks through a landslide area after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Bali, in Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia October 16, 2021 Antara Foto via Reuters

The tremor's epicentre was far from the main tourist hub in Bali, which is slowly reopening to international visitors after a pandemic shutdown.

Indonesia experiences frequent quakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

In January, more than 100 people were killed and thousands left homeless by a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck Sulawesi island, reducing buildings to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete in the seaside city of Mamuju.

A 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu three years ago left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

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