According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 earthquake was 62 kilometers northeast of Bali’s port city of Singaraja.

Earlier Saturday, an earthquake and aftershocks occurred in the Indonesian resort of Bali, killing at least three people and injuring another seven.

The earthquake happened before dawn, and people ran out in a panic.

It happened as the pandemic subsided and the island began to reopen for tourism.

According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 4.8 earthquake occurred 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) northeast of Bali’s port town of Singaraja.

Its shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) may have magnified the damage.

A 4.3 magnitude aftershock followed. The earthquake was relatively deep, with an intensity of 282 kilometers (174 miles).

Gerd Darmada, the head of the island’s search and rescue agency, said the agency is still collecting the latest information on damage and casualties. He said the injuries included fractures and head injuries.

Darmada said the earthquake triggered a landslide in a hilly area, killing at least two people and cutting off access to at least three villages.

He said it collapsed in houses and temples in Karangasem, the area closest to the epicenter, killing a three-year-old girl who was hit by falling debris.

“Nearly 60% of the houses in our village have been damaged and can no longer be lived in,” said I Nengah Kertawa, head of Karangasembangka Village, one of the worst-hit communities.

Houses and government facilities in Trunian and Kintamani were also damaged. Kintamani is a popular tourist attraction with a charming lake.

On Saturday, after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck northeast of Karangasem, Bali, a man appeared in a damaged building in a temple [Fikri Yusuf/Antara via Reuters]

In this predominantly Muslim country, Bali has more than 4 million mainly Hindu people. It is famous for its temples, scenic volcanoes and beautiful white sandy beaches.

On Thursday, after the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia dropped sharply, the island reopened to international tourists for the first time in more than a year.

After reaching a peak of approximately 56,000 new cases per day in July, the country has had approximately 1,000 cases per day in the past week.

Indonesia is a vast archipelago with a population of 270 million. Due to its location on the “ring of fire” (the Pacific volcanic arc and fault line), it is often hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

The last major earthquake occurred in January, when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred, killing at least 105 people and injuring nearly 6,500 people.

More than 92,000 people were displaced after attacking the Mamuju and Majene areas of West Sulawesi Province.


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