DENPASAR (AFP) – A strong earthquake rocked the holiday island of Bali in Indonesia early Thursday, March 19, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The earthquake struck at 1:45 am (1:45 am Singapore time) with an epicenter 255 km south of the city of Nusa Dua, the US Geological Service reported.
The epicenter was a relatively shallow depth of 10 km.
The Indonesian bureau of meteorology and geophysics said there was no threat of a tsunami.
No casualties or infrastructure damage has been reported so far, but the earthquake has been felt strongly across the holiday island.
A hotel employee, Indra Kurniawan, has just returned from work when the quake rocked her pension in Canggu, Bali.
“The tremor was not that strong, but you could feel it. It didn’t last more than a minute, ”he told AFP.
The archipelago of Southeast Asia is one of the most disaster prone countries on Earth.
In 2018, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and a tsunami that followed in Palu on the island of Sulawesi left more than 4,300 dead or missing.
Indonesia suffers from frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where the tectonic plates collide.
More than 2,200 people died and 1,000 more were reported missing in 2018 after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.
An earthquake measuring 9.1 on December 26, 2004 struck Aceh province, causing a tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 170,000 people in Indonesia alone.