Bali jolted by undersea quake; temples damaged, 1 hurt

Bali jolted by undersea quake; temples damaged, 1 hurt

Bali residents, tourists rush into streets after quake

A Balinese man stands near a damaged temple in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday. (AP photo)
A Balinese man stands near a damaged temple in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday. (AP photo)

JAKARTA: An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck south of Indonesia's Bali on Tuesday, Indonesian authorities said, causing some residents and visitors on the tourist island to briefly rush out of buildings.

Some houses in Banyuwangi, an area on the eastern tip of Java, and Bali were damaged, as well as some temples in Bali, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Twitter.

Footage released by the agency showed some structural damage to the gate to Bali's Nusa Dua luxurious tourist area.

The agency's spokesman Agus Wibowo later told a press conference that one person was injured from the quake.

There was no tsunami warning issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 8.18am off the southern part of the resort island at a depth of 91.6km, around 910km east of Jakarta. 

One resident said people in Denpasar ran out of their boarding house in pyjamas after feeling the quake.

A Twitter user with the handle Indounik in the city of Ubud on Bali said the quake was "strong enough to make me adopt the drop, cover & hold approach recommended to survive a quake".

Another Twitter user, Marc van Voorst, described the quake as feeing like "a heavy truck or train passing by at close range". He said there was no panic, even though his hotel in the Uluwatu area shook quite a bit.

The quake could also be felt in other cities on the neighbouring islands of Lombok and Java, Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said in a statement.

In a related development, the spokesman also said the death toll from a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that on Sunday struck the southern part of Halmahera Island, a part of Maluku Islands in the eastern part of the country, reached four as of Tuesday and with 51 others injured.

Collapsed houses and buildings killed and injured most of the victims, he added.Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes, sometimes causing tsunamis, because it lies on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

Its Moluccas islands were hit by a powerful 7.2 quake on Sunday that killed at least two people and prompted hundreds to flee their homes.

The most devastating tremor in recent Indonesian history was on Dec 26, 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake triggered a tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.

A tsunami also hit the city of Palu in Sulawesi last year, killing thousands.

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