East Bali hit by earthquake

Image: Site of the earthquake this morning. Credit: BMKG. 

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 rocked the east part of Bali at 4.18 am on Saturday morning.

The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 8 km inland in the northwest of Karangasem, at a depth of 10 km.

Quoted from BMKG’s Twitter, the earthquake was felt in Karangasem, Denpasar and North Lombok IV MMI, East Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok, Mataram III MMI.

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation Division, Daryono, said that there was damage to buildings in Pempatan Village, Rendang District, Karangasem Regency. Bali BPBD reported that one person died in Karangasem and two people died in Bangli. Several other people were also reported injured.

There was a second quake of 3.8 approximately 5 minutes later at 4.22 am.

“In relation to the source of the M4.8 earthquake, which was destructive in some areas this morning, it appears that it was caused by a local active fault/fault activity, not due to Flores Back Aec Thrusting,” he told Kompas this morning.

Daryono said, while the location of the epicenter is in the Agung-Batur volcanic complex, there could be a connection with magma migration that triggered the local fault activity.

I’m happy to say I didn’t feel anything,

ST

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