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6-magnitude earthquake hits Nusa Dua, damaging hotels, schools

  • Ni Komang ErvianiĀ 

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /   09:10 am
6-magnitude earthquake hits Nusa Dua, damaging hotels, schools The entrance to the Nusa Dua hotel complex is damaged during a 6-magnitude earthquake in Bali on July 16, 2019. (Courtesy of BPBD Bali/-)

A 6-magnitude rocked Bali on Tuesday morning, damaging the entrance to the Nusa Dua hotel area and a few buildings. No fatalities have been reported nor a tsunami warning issued. 

The earthquake occurred at 8:18 a.m. local time 83 kilometers southwest of Nusa Dua, a tourist hub in the southern part of the island-province. The earthquake could be felt across Bali, on Lombok Island and in parts of East Java. 

"There is no threat of a tsunami. People should remain calm and not panic," said Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Bali) head Made Rentin.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the epicenter of the magnitude-6 earthquake was located about 83 kilometers south-west of Nusa Dua, Bali at a depth of 68 km.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the epicenter of the magnitude-6 earthquake was located about 83 kilometers south-west of Nusa Dua, Bali at a depth of 68 km. (BMKG/-)

At least five minor aftershocks were felt in Jembrana, a regency in the southwest of the island.  

The earthquake caused damage to the top of a Balinese entrance gate to the Nusa Dua hotel complex. Roof tiles of an elementary school building in Ungasan also fell to the ground. 

Students of Saraswati 6 Elementary School in Denpasar, Bali run from the school building after
the magnitude-6 earthquake hits the island on July 16.Students of Saraswati 6 Elementary School in Denpasar, Bali run from the school building after the magnitude-6 earthquake hits the island on July 16. (Courtesy of BPBD Bali/-)

The BPBD Bali is estimating the damage caused by the earthquake. "We are assessing and collecting data of the impacts of the earthquake," said Rentin. 

Early reports reveal that the earthquake also damaged another elementary school in Jimbaran, a district office in Kuta and the Mercure Hotel in Nusa Dua.

Flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport have been unaffected.