Three killed as strong quake hits Java and Bali

Three killed as strong quake hits Java and Bali

Agency News

Jakarta, Oct 11: At least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands on Thursday, a government official said.

The victims in East Java's Sumenep district perished after being crushed by collapsed buildings, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, Channel NewsAsia reported.

"The earthquake happened when they were sleeping and the it suddenly rocked so they didn't have time to evacuate," he said, adding that damage caused by the tremor was not widespread.

The quake's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 km off the eastern end of Java island, according to the USGS, and was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali.

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10km, according to USGS data. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage.

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off Papua New Guinea less than two hours later, with authorities cancelling a tsunami warning that was in place for a few hours. (UNI)