Indonesia’s resort island Bali hit by earthquake, at least 3 killed

17:22, 16 October 2021
Indonesia’s resort island Bali hit by earthquake, at least 3 killed Photo: Global Look Press/ Images

The famous tourist destination has experienced a 4.8 magnitude earthquake.

On Saturday Indonesian island Bali was hit by a 4.8 magnitude quake out of 12 on the Richter magnitude scale. It took the lives of three people and injured at least seven others.

The earthquake struck at the depth of around 10 km (6 miles). The depth is considered to be rather shallow but on the other hand, such quakes do more damage than deep ones.

According to the region’s officials, two people died following a landslide that devoured their house while the third victim was recorded in the port town of Karangasem. Authorities expect no further deaths.

"The quake was felt strongly for five seconds. People were panicking and ran from their houses when the quake hit," emergency agent Abdul Muhari said.

The tourist zone is situated rather far from the epicenter. The island has been gradually resuming its operation and recently started welcoming guests.

Temblors occur quite frequently in Indonesia situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire". This January a 6.2-magnitude quake struck Sulawesi island and caused more than 100 deaths and dozens of buildings destroyed, leaving thousands displaced.

In December 2004 a 9.1 earthquake struck near Sumatra island and triggered huge tsunamis. More than 170,000 Indonesians were found dead, while the total death toll in the region reached 220,000.