Bali Rattled by Strong Quake
CANGGU ~ A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Bali early last Friday morning, waking sleeping residents as furniture rattled in their homes, a government agency and witnesses said.
The quake struck at 5am local time, with its epicenter 215 kilometers north of the provincial capital Denpasar, 300 kilometers below the ocean floor, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.
There was no potential of a tsunami forming, said the agency.
Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey, which records earthquakes around the world, put Fridayâ€™s earthquake in Bali at 5.8 on the Richter scale.
Residents said they were awakened by tables and other furniture rattling as they slept, and that it lasted for around 10 seconds.
Frequent seismic events are common in Indonesia, whose large island mass straddles the so-called Pacific â€œRing of Fire,â€ a chain of violently moving tectonic places that crisscrosses the Asia-Pacific region.
Most earthquakes occur in western regions of Indonesia, however, particularly near the islands of Sumatra and Java, both devastated in recent years by large seismic upheavals.Filed under: The Nation