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Moderate Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Bali

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency (BMKG) said that the quake lasted for around a minute, resulting in many residents rushing out of buildings into the streets, according to eyewitnesses

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INDONESIA: A moderate earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes shook Indonesia’s tourist destination Bali on Monday, with no casualties or injuries reported as of yet.

Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency (BMKG) notified that the quake amounted to 5.6 on the Richter scale, lasted for around a minute, and resulted in many residents rushing out of buildings into the streets, according to eyewitnesses.

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The incident took place at 1636 local time (0836 GMT) and the rattling aftermath was felt throughout the island and even in neighbouring Lombok, witnesses testified.

It struck tonight about 49 kilometres southeast of Nusa Dua. Tremors were felt in Kuta, Denpasar and Ubud. Light shaking was probably felt throughout Bali, western and central West Nusa Tenggara, and far eastern East Java provinces.

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According to the acting Head of the BMKG, Daryono, the earthquake, whose epicentre was in the sea at a depth of 134 km at coordinates 9.36 degrees south latitude and 115.56 degrees east longitude, approximately 47 mm south of Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, apparently occurred due to plate subduction activity. Daryono also noted that a tsunami is highly unlikely.

The BMKG urged residents to avoid buildings that had suffered cracks or were damaged by the earthquake and to ensure that residential buildings in the area are earthquake-proof and did not suffer damage that could endanger the stability of the building before returning to their homes.

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Meanwhile, in India, a 4.1 magnitude quake hit the northwest of Bikaner in Rajasthan in the early hours of Monday, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) confirmed. The earthquake occurred at 2.01 am on Monday and the depth was 10 km below the ground.

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