Three killed in Bali earthquake

Three killed in Bali earthquake

All those affected by 4.8 magnitude quake on east side of island now evacuated, rescuers say

A man stands amid the rubble of a damaged temple after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Karangasem, in northeastern Bali, on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)

A man stands amid the rubble of a damaged temple after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Karangasem, in northeastern Bali, on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)


JAKARTA: An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 struck Bali on Saturday morning, killing at least three people, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said.

The quake affected the Karangasem and Bangli districts on the eastern side of the tourist island and a search has been concluded, the agency said, but authorities were continuing to monitor situation.

A landslide triggered by the quake killed two of the victims, the agency said. A third, a three-year old girl, was killed by falling debris.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the 4.8 magnitude quake struck off Banjar Wangsian, and put its depth at 10 kilometres.

“All affected by the quake have been evacuated while data on damage is still being collected by Bali’s disaster mitigation agency,” search and rescue official Gede Darmada said.

Rescue personnel evacuated people across a lake as the road to the stricken community had been cut off by a landslide, he added.

There was no significant damage in other parts of Bali, while the quake was felt also on the neighbouring island of Lombok, local media reported.

Bali reopened for international tourists on Thursday after 18 months of pandemic restrictions, but they are only expected to start arriving later this month.


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