Three dead in a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in Bali


The earth shook for five seconds in Bali – many houses were then in ruins.
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The earthquake was clearly felt for about five seconds on Saturday, reports the disaster control. Three people were killed and seven others were injured.

BAn earthquake on the Indonesian island of Bali killed three people and injured seven others on Saturday. As the civil protection authority announced, no further deaths were expected. The hypocenter of the magnitude 4.8 quake was northeast of the town of Banjar Wanasari at a relatively shallow depth of ten kilometers.

“The quake was clearly felt for about five seconds,” said the spokesman for the civil protection agency, Abdul Muhari. Two people were killed in a landslide triggered by the quake in Bangali district, and another in the port city of Karangasem. The epicenter was far from the tourist centers of the Indonesian island.

There are always violent earthquakes in Indonesia. The Southeast Asian island state is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and the seismic activity is particularly high. On December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a series of devastating tsunamis on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. A total of 220,000 people died, including 170,000 in Indonesia.

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