7 injured as 6.0-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Bali

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-16 20:50:20|Editor: mingmei
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An elementary school teacher examines a damaged classroom after an earthquake in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, July 16, 2019. An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off Indonesia's Bali Island earlier on Tuesday but there was no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. (Xinhua/Monstar Simanjuntak)

JAKARTA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were wounded and dozens of buildings were damaged after a 6.0-magnitude quake rocked Indonesia's Bali Island earlier Tuesday, a senior disaster official in the island said.

"The latest information we have got is that five people were injured in Bali's Badung Regency and two others in the island's Jembrana Regency. All of them are Balinese," Head of the operational section of disaster management agency in the island I Made Rentin told Xinhua over the phone, adding that there were no foreign tourists injured.

"Tourists rushed out from hotels during the tremors, people also came out from inside of buildings," Made said.

The earthquake did not trigger evacuation, said Made.

Made said 44 buildings, including temples, a hotel, school buildings, houses, health facilities and a shop, were destroyed by the tremor.

The operation of the international airport in the island was not disturbed, and all daily activities have returned to normal, he said.

A tourist walks down a collapsed cliff after an earthquake in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, July 16, 2019. (Xinhua/Monstar Simanjuntak)

The impact of the jolts was also found in the nearby province of East Java, where 13 buildings were damaged, spokesman of national disaster management agency Agus Wibowo said.

The quake jolted at 7:18 a.m. Jakarta time (0018 GMT) with epicenter at 83 km southwest of the island's Nusa Dua with a depth of 68 km under the seabed, official in charge at the meteorology and geophysics agency Wahyu Kurniawan told Xinhua over the phone.

The quake did not trigger tsunami but the tremors were felt up to nearby Lombok Island and East Java province, he said.

The intensity of the quake was felt V MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in Badung and IV to V MMI in Nusa Dua, Kurniawan said.

Indonesia is frequently hit by earthquakes as it sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so-called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."