Bali Hit by 6.6M Earthquake; BMKG: Beware of Aftershock



Petir Garda Bhwana

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 in the Richter scale rocked Kuta, Bali until Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, in the early hours of Thursday, March 19. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced the quake occurred at 00:45:37 a.m. local times.

    The quake was located from a depth of 10 kilometers under the sea in the Indonesian Ocean, 273 kilometers southwest of South Kuta. The epicenter was precisely recorded at 11.25 degrees south latitude and 115.09 degrees east longitude. BMKG confirmed that the quake had no tsunami potential.

    Based on the map provided by BMKG, the location of the quake source was right in the collision zone of the continental plates of Australia and Eurasia. No detailed information had been published about the cause, but the agency warned of possible aftershocks.

    "Be careful of possible aftershocks," BMKG underlined.

    According to BMKG, the tremor was felt with an intensity of up to IV level of the MMI scale in Denpasar, Central Lombok, East Lombok, and West Lombok, and up to III level in West Sumbawa, Sumbawa Regency, Bima, Dompu, andNorth Lombok.

    Other than Bali and Lombok, many claimed on social media that the earthquake was also felt in East Java areas such as Banyuwangi, Malang, and Jember.