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Three Killed, Seven Injured As Earthquake Hits Indonesian Tourist Island

Three people were killed Saturday when an earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island Bali, the disaster agency said, IgbereTV reports.

The 4.8 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the town of Banjar Wanasari. Shallow quakes tend to do more damage than deep tremors.

Two people died when the quake triggered a landslide that buried their house in Bangli regency while another person was killed in the port town of Karangasem, officials said.

The death toll was not expected to rise, they added.

“The quake was felt strongly for five seconds,” said disaster agency spokesman Abdul Muhari.

“People were panicking and ran from their houses when the quake hit.”

 

The tremor’s epicentre was far from the main tourist hub in Bali, which is slowly reopening to international visitors after a pandemic shutdown.

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