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Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Bali as tourists are evacuated from their hotels in Seminyak

  • A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit just south of Bali shortly after 8am local time  
  • Tourists are being evacuated from their hotels after the strong earthquake hit
  • Witnesses have reported the ‘walls of their house were shaking and dancing’ 

A massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the resort region of Bali, with witnesses reporting the ‘walls of their houses were shaking’. 

Many were woken up by the strong shaking and rattling shortly after 8am local time on Tuesday morning. 

While it was initially recorded as a 6.2 magnitude, EMSC later downgraded it to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. 

Tourists were evacuated from their hotels in Seminyak on the southern end of Bali, after the underwater earthquake hit just south of the Indonesian island. 

 

Hotel guests staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Resort in Seminyak were picture being evacuated to the front of the hotel following the earthquake (pictured) 

Tourists are being evacuated from their hotels in Seminyak on the southern end of Bali, after the strong earthquake hit just south of the Indonesian island

Tourists are being evacuated from their hotels in Seminyak on the southern end of Bali, after the strong earthquake hit just south of the Indonesian island 

The earthquake is estimated to have been 100km below ground, but there is no tsunami warning currently in place.

According to European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC, the epicentre was recorded at 102km southwest of Denpasar. 

An estimated eight million people felt the quake, the EMSC said. 

The Indonesian agency that monitors earthquakes, BMKG, urged locals and tourists to remain calm.

‘Check and make sure your building is earthquake resistant, and that there is no damage due to earthquake vibrations that endanger the stability of the building before you return to your house,’ it said.

Locals and tourists in Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud reported feeling the tremor that was ‘strong but short’, lasting about ten seconds. 

Some buildings have also suffered damages with witnesses reporting rocks collapsing off the entrance to a hotel at Nusa Dua. 

Hotel guests staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Resort in Seminyak were pictured being evacuated to the front of the hotel following the earthquake.

Some buildings have also suffered damages with witnesses reporting rocks collapsing off the entrance to a hotel at Nusa Dua (pictured)

Some buildings have also suffered damages with witnesses reporting rocks collapsing off the entrance to a hotel at Nusa Dua (pictured) 

A tourist staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bali say they woke to ‘major rattling’ but didn’t see any damages.  

No fatalities or major damages have been reported.

Witnesses have reported the ‘walls of their house were shaking and dancing’ as strong tremors hit the island.

‘Wow! Felt a pretty big earthquake here in Ubud, Bali just now. No damage just a big shake,’ one witness wrote on Twitter. 

‘Second earthquake in less than a week here in Ubud, Bali, bigger than the last one at 6.2 magnitude!’ another user said.  

‘Woke up to a shaking bed – a strong earthquake in Bali,’ one user tweeted. 

Some local schools sent students home and closed for the day after parts of the buildings were damaged

Some local schools sent students home and closed for the day after parts of the buildings were damaged 

While it was initially recorded as a 6.2 magnitude, EMSC later downgraded it to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake

While it was initially recorded as a 6.2 magnitude, EMSC later downgraded it to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake

‘Doing yoga in Bali just now and experienced by first earthquake,’ another tourist wrote.

‘We were right next to the ocean and all our eyes turned to the water. Tsunamis are my biggest natural disaster fear.’  

Local schools sent students home and closed for the day after parts of the buildings were damaged. 

A temple at Pura Agung Lokanatha saw significant damage with images showing bricks had fallen from the Hindu Temple. 

The earthquake is the third to hit the region in the past three days, after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Moluccas island and killed tow people.

On Sunday afternoon a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Broome in Western Australia. 

Some buildings have also suffered damages

Witnesses experienced the ceiling of their bedroom collapsing completely

Some buildings have also suffered damages with witnesses experiencing the ceiling of their bedroom collapsing completely

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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