Tourists flee their hotels in terror as 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Bali

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Bali today, prompting people to flee buildings in terror.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the undersea quake and there was no tsunami warning issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The epicentre was 102 km (62 miles) southwest of the Indonesian island's capital, Denpasar, and was 100 km (60 miles) deep, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.


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 and 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.

Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes, sometimes causing tsunamis, because it lies on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

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