Breaking: Powerful 4.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the island of Bali

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A powerful 4.8 magnitude has struck the Indonesian island of Bali.

At least three people have died in Bali after a powerful 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island in the early hours of Saturday, October 16, damaging buildings and leaving people trapped and screaming for help in the rubble.

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The quake was centred 62 kilometres northeast of Singaraja, a Bali port town. image: Twitter

The earthquake damaged buildings in Karangasem and Bangli regencies on the east of the island, the Bali Province Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said in a statement today.


Rescue efforts are continuing in Karangasem where people remain trapped in the ruins of a building. Seven people are seriously injured, and one person is dead.

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The toppled homes and temples in Karangasem, the area closest to the epicentre, killing a three-year-old girl who was hit by falling debris. image: Twitter

Two people died in Bangli, where landslides caused by the quake blocked a road, hampering evacuation efforts. BPBD is warning people to be prepared for potential aftershocks.

Bali, a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, reopened to fully vaccinated visitors from 19 countries this week — a move aimed at boosting the island’s tourist-dependent economy.

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The island’s Search and Rescue Agency is still collecting updates on damage and casualties. image: Twitter

Known as the “island of the gods,” Bali is home to more than four million mostly Hindu people in the mainly Muslim nation. It is famed for its temples, scenic volcanoes and beautiful white-sand beaches.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific.


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  1. A 4.8 earthquake is not big and wouldn’t be powerful unless it was a shallow earthquake. I grew up in an area that had large earthquakes. A 4.8 would barely be felt. You might see something moving or vibrating but you likely wouldn’t feel it and it wouldn’t be powerful enough to bring down buildings. So either the buildings weren’t built well or the earthquake was shallow.


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