Bali’s 30-Second Horror Shake: What Indonesia Fears from the 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake on the Quake Rock?

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Last updated: 04 June 2020, 06:48 GMT


A huge 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck in the Bali Sea in Indonesia, felt for hundreds of kilometers. Indonesia has been hit by a powerful 5.7 magnitude earthquake. The quake struck in the Bali Sea, and although hundreds of kilometers away from the epicenter of the earthquake, the shock was felt as far as the popular tourist island of Bali.



The Details of the Bali Earthquake

Witnesses noted they could feel the earthquake rock some parts of Indonesia for around “30 seconds”. The 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 166km (103 miles) north of Labuan Lombok, Indonesia, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It hit at 15:54:04 (UTC), just before midnight local time. The earthquake also had a depth of 639.6km. Witnesses reported the huge earthquake despite being hundreds of kilometers away from its epicenter. One witness said they could feel the shake of the earthquake in Ubud, Bali. Another witness said they “felt light shake” in Sidemen, Bali. One witness, in Kuta, Bali, also added: “Just woke up from the bed shaking”.

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The Aftermath

Around 200km from the epicenter of the earthquake, one witness added the shaking lasted “30 seconds” in Sekongkang Bawah, in the West Nusa Tenggara province. The USGS said the earthquake hit 167.2 km (103.9 miles) from Labuan Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Indonesia.

They added it was also felt in Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara, and 174.2km (108.2 miles) from the epicenter of the quake - which has a population of over 50,000 people. The huge city of Mataram, which has a population of over 400,000, also felt the quake.

Just last week a 4.6 magnitude quake was felt in parts of Indonesia. And a 6.4 magnitude quake was also felt in Bali in the middle of March. Indonesia is situated on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’, located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Prediction

The horseshoe-shaped area - which covers an area of 24,000 miles (40,000km) - is made up of a string of volcanoes and seismic activity. The most devastating earthquake in recent history in Indonesia hit on December 26, in 2004.

The massive 9.5 magnitude quake also triggered a massive tsunami. It killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.