A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has triggered alarms on the Indonesian island of Bali

Caracas.- A strong earthquake and two strong aftershocks shook the Indonesian resort island of Bali and other parts of the country early Tuesday morning (08/29/2023), sparking panic, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 7.1 magnitude quake was registered at 03:55 local time (21:55 CET on Monday), as calculated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with a depth of about 515 kilometers.

The USGS reported aftershocks measuring 5.4 and 5.6 minutes after the first quake, which had its epicenter in the Bali Sea 181 kilometers northeast of Gili Air, a small island off the coast of Lombok Island.

The tremors were felt across Bali and on the neighboring islands of Lombok and Sumbawa.

Bali residents said an aftershock felt “longer and stronger” than the original tremor.

“When the first earthquake came, I woke my husband. I felt the second shortly after, so we immediately took our kids outside,” Ardylla said.

Indonesia has ruled out a tsunami

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami but warned of the risk of possible aftershocks.

Many residents and tourists fled their homes and hotels and fled to higher ground, but the situation returned to normal after receiving text messages that the quake had no tsunami potential.

“I thought the hotel walls were going to collapse,” said one Australian tourist on social media.

Panic also broke out in the neighboring provinces of East Java, West and Central Java, Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara, where buildings and homes also swayed for several seconds.

With information from DW

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