16 Oct 2021

Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 strikes Bali, killing three

8:57 pm on 16 October 2021

An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 struck Indonesia's Bali island on Saturday morning, killing at least three people, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said.

This handout picture taken and released on October 16, 2021 by the Bali regional disaster management agency (BPBD) shows collapsed houses after a 4.8 earthquake occurred in Karangasem, on the tourist island of Bali.

Collapsed houses in Karangasem, on the island of Bali. Photo: AFP

The quake affected the Karangasem and Bangli districts on the eastern side of the tourist island and a search has been concluded, the agency said in a statement, but authorities were continuing to monitor the situation.

A landslide triggered by the quake killed two of the victims, the agency said. A third, a three-year old girl, was killed by falling debris.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the 4.8 magnitude quake struck off Banjar Wangsian, and put its depth at 10km.

"All affected by the quake have been evacuated while data on damage is still being collected by Bali's disaster mitigation agency," search and rescue official Gede Darmada said in the statement.

Military personnel (L) work at the scene of a landslide triggered by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake at Trunyan village in Bangli, Indonesia's Bali island, on October 16, 2021.

Military personnel arrive to help at Trunyan village in Bangli. Photo: AFP

Rescue services evacuated people across a lake as the road to the stricken community had been cut off by a landslide, he added.

There was no significant damage in other parts of Bali, while the quake was felt also in the neighbouring island of Lombok, local media reported.

Bali reopened for international tourists on Thursday after 18 months of pandemic restrictions, but they are only expected to start arriving later this month.

- Reuters