Dozens Injured as Earthquake Causes Widespread Damage

KUTA

Dozens of people were injured and scores of buildings damaged in a powerful earthquake that struck on Thursday.

The 6.0-magnitude quake rocked the island for several minutes, damaging ancient Hindu temples and sending concrete debris crashing down onto cars and pavements as walls and roofs collapsed.

Kuta’s main thoroughfare of Sunset Road, lined with restaurants, malls and supermarkets, was hard hit with cracks forming on the facade of several buildings.

“Hundreds of people ran onto the streets. It was chaos. So many people tried to drive off that the traffic came to a standstill,” said Reno Permana, who raced from his third-floor office when the quake struck.

“Part of the wall on the Carrefour supermarket near my building came down, and tiles from the roof fell and smashed into the parking lot. A lot of the buildings are badly damaged, with windows smashed in.”

Many of the 43 injured were children from three damaged schools. At one hospital, more than a dozen students – their uniforms torn and blood-stained – were crying and clutching their bleeding heads.

“We panicked and ran out of our classroom, but something fell on us when we were running outside,” said high school student Valentina.

The quake, which was also felt in the neighbouring islands Lombok and Java, was followed by a 4.6-magnitude aftershock, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Stephanie Fleming, a Briton who works for a tourism company in the Seminyak area close to Kuta, said her office shook violently for around a minute.

“It looked like a wall in our office was about to fall down, but all the structures outside seem more or less intact,” she said.

Part of the roof of the Puja Mandala temple near the coastal resort of Nusa Dua was damaged and fell onto the street, and another temple was damaged in a small landslide near Bali’s capital of Denpasar.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity, and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

In October 2010 a powerful earthquake triggered a huge tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, northwest of Bali, that killed at least 300 people.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicentre of Thursday’s quake was located in the ocean south of the holiday island, but the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue any tsunami warning.

Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, where most of the injured were taken, said dozens of people were treated for minor head wounds and cuts.

“Two students are still under observation. They suffered head wounds when roof tiles crashed on them. The others received outpatient treatment for cuts and have gone home,” said doctor Ken Wirasandhi.

Bali Hotels and Restaurant Association spokesman Perry Markus said tourists were checking out of Kuta hotels and seeking accommodation in areas that had not been affected.

“Especially from taller hotels. Tourists are looking for safe places to stay on other parts of the island,” Markus said.

The US seismologists said the 6.0-magnitude quake’s epicentre was 61.3 kilometres deep, some 130 kilometres south-southwest of Denpasar.

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20 Responses to “Dozens Injured as Earthquake Causes Widespread Damage”

  1. Benny Goodman Says:

    Hi,
    My son and his girlfriend are currently in Bali. Is there a general contact number should I not here from them?

  2. Raden Says:

    Hi, me & my family are planing for a holiday to bali very soon. All our flights and accomodation hav been booked and confirmed. Can i know the situation there is it still save to go over or should i cancel or postpone our trip. 🙁

  3. sinsin Says:

    hi there, i’m going to fly to Bali… may i have the latest situation too… by the way i’ll pray for bali too…

  4. Leah Says:

    I pray for all the people and animals in Bali right now, may God help them in this terrible situation! And I pray especially for the people who are really injured! I wish nothing but the best for you!!!!

  5. Josh Says:

    It was a quake for sure but it isnt a disaster. Live here is continuing in the normal way the damage is not that big and of course Bali is save like it was all the time. Dont cancel your holidays just come and enjoy our lovely little island.

  6. john Says:

    Benny ….we are in singapore… but have heard from a couple of friends in Bali that, while the quake was strong, things are quite ok. this does not appear to be a large scale disaster.

    i hope your kids are ok, and i doubt that any of you would have to change your holiday plans (unless you wanted to).

  7. diggity Says:

    Stop praying. Who do you think caused the earthquake in the first place?

  8. helen Says:

    hi we are travelling to bali next week everything booked what is the situation is it safe to travel there?

  9. Ooi Says:

    Hi,

    My family are going to Bali next monday (17/10/11), can i know the latest situation please.All my accommodation and flights have been booked and confirmed, so I need to know can we proceed with the existing holiday plan or not.

    Your help is much appreciated.

  10. MikeinBali Says:

    All is fine in Bali. Have no worries about coming here. Most quake damage was very minimal.
    Cheers!

  11. Anna Says:

    Hi guys, I just read your comments and noticed no one has answered your questions – Yes, it’s safe to travel to Bali – we just had one minor after several hours after the earthquake, and since then there’s been no activity. Of course, on the ring of fire you’re always taking a chance that you’ll experience an earthquake, but there was little damage from the last one, so your holiday will most likely not be interrupted. Come, and enjoy!

  12. Jane Says:

    Hi,

    We are having our weddingi n Bali on the 8th November 2011. All our guest are now worried because of the earthquake. Could you please advice if it is still safe at Kuta and Uluwathu area?

  13. Mike Says:

    Ummm !! I’m planning to come to Bali on 21/10/2011, I’ve just read about the earthquake & it made me feeling sad about the Bali & the people right three. I’m wondering, its safe to come to Bali? Or there will be a possibility for another earthquake?

    Waiting for expert & honest people to answer the question

  14. Kathy Tang Says:

    I am planning to go on 6/11 -9/11, not sure if safe to go? Should i cancel?

  15. Fay Fay Says:

    Hi
    Im travelling to Bali on the 31st October to Kuta. Which is next week.
    Am sure the earthquake will be forgotten and things will have settled. I just wat to know if the rain has started yet, i know it is the rainy season.. 🙁 How is the weather,is it still warm?

  16. Christian Says:

    Hey, it’s totally safe to come here. This was the first earthquake in a looong time, and there hasn’t been any seismic activity since.

    No one I know who live here are worried about anything, so just come and do whatever you planned to do. Our lives here go about in exactly the same way as before that quake, nothing has changed.

  17. Kath Says:

    My mum is in Bali now, left on Monday 17/10..I haven’t heard from her or anyone so I assume evrything is okay..Plus, a lot of you don’t know how to spell..Hear is not spelt here..Life is not spelt live..Safe is not save..Don’t mean to hang you out to dry, Josh

  18. Sinsin Says:

    Thx Josh thx anna

  19. living in bali Says:

    Hi there….

    Im a Singaporean living in Bali for past two years and have two young kids. Due to my husband project we are living here. i experienced the quake on 13th oct, i left my son’s sch 10 mins before the quake and stuck in a jam, my younger son was with my helper and me not beside my kids. my husband was in another island imagine yourself in my situation. i stayed clam and got to my son in sch as i heard from my staff everything was fine back home. my elder son and other kids were fine too. Just want to say that don’t panic too much and go with the flow. if u have book your holidays just go for it.

  20. Dima Says:

    Hi im traveling to Bali on january 15 but after i heard abiut the sumatra earthquake i got scared to go to indonesia just want to know if its safe to go and are there any chances of tsunami ? Im so concerned

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