Huge quake rocks Bali forcing locals to flee their homes

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

At least 2,045 people have been confirmed dead and as many as 5,000 others are believed to be missing after a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster struck the coast of one of the Southeast Asian archipelago's largest islands on September 28.

"A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, adding that the waves were forecast to be under 30 centimetres for the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.

A photo released early Thursday by Indonesia's accident mitigation agency BNPB, shows damage in East Java's Sumenep district.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati told AFP.

Thursday's quake was centred 124 kilometres east of Kimbe and about 200 kilometres south-west of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40 kilometres, just before 7am local time (8am AEDT) on Thursday.

Thousands of people are still missing after the tsunami and natural disaster on October 10.

Police officers had not yet been able to contact villages close to the epicentre.

It struck the island of New Britain this morning, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there is now a threat of a tsunami.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time", said a woman named Davy who took refuge in the parking lot of a Bali hotel, several kilometres from where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their annual meetings this week.

Some guests at the hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main global airport fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

Another resident, Ni Komang Sudiani, told AFP: "The quake was very big".

"All my neighbours were also running", said the mother of two.

It said "the quake was felt quite strongly by people in Sumenep and Situbondo for 2-5 seconds. People were sleeping but got woken up by it".

Indonesia's disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centered at sea, 55 km northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok.

A 7.5 magnitude quake rocked Central Sulawesi province on September 28, triggering a tsunami and mudslides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands of others.

Indonesia's disaster agency said Wednesday that it only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport from other countries as it responds to the Sulawesi quake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people.

This is where numerous world's natural disasters occur due to it sitting on top of continuously sliding tectonic plates.

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