Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Occurs Near Bali, Indonesia

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Bali Sea near Bali in Indonesia.

Around 3:55 a.m., a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Bali Sea near Bali, Indonesia.

Occurrence of a Strong Earthquake Near Bali Island

Locals and foreign tourists scrambled to their feet when they felt the ground shaking. This morning, a magnitude -7.1 earthquake occurred in the Bali Sea near the beautiful island of Bali. It’s part of the Indian Ocean and one of the seas in the East Indian Archipelago.

The Bali Sea lies north of Bali and south of Indonesia with an expanse of around 44,000 square kilometres and a depth of 1.6 kilometres. It forms the southwest part of the Flores Sea, while the Madura Strait meets it from the west.

According to reports, the epicentre of the tremor turned up at a depth of around 516 kilometres. Likewise, weak-to-moderate shaking has been documented in parts of Bali, Lombok, and Banyuwangi. 

Based on the US Geological Survey, the earthquake hit about 182 kilometres northeast of the island Gili Air. It’s a small island adjacent to Lombok Island coast.  After the seismic activity, no tsunami warning was issued. 

Strong Aftershocks Also Caused Panic

Two strong aftershocks followed the intense earthquake that shook Bali and other parts of Indonesia, which caused panic. However, no casualties or damages have been reported yet. 

According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, there was no threat of tsunami but warned of probabilities of aftershocks. It puts the earthquake’s pro tem magnitude at 7.4. Discrepancies in early measurements are usual. 

The two aftershocks that followed the quake have magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.6, respectively. Neighbouring provinces, including Central Java, East Java, East Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara also felt the trembles and began to panic as houses and other structures began to sway for several seconds. 

Most Recent Earthquakes in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that is prone to intense earthquakes because of its location. Just like the Philippines, it lies in the so-called “Ring of Fire.”

The Ring of Fire consists of 75% of the world’s volcanoes and 90% of its earthquakes. It’s a 25,000-mile string of volcanoes and the location of seismic activities around the fringes of the Pacific Ocean. 

Otherwise known as the Circum-Pacific Belt, this chain of volcanoes follows the meeting points of several tectonic plates. It includes the Eurasian, Juan de Fuca, Caribbean, Nazca, North American, Cocos, Indian, Australian, Antarctic, Philippines, and other smaller plates, all encircling the large Pacific Plate. 

In 2021, an earthquake struck the hilly Karangasem, which triggered landslides. It disconnected at least three villages and killed at least three people. 

Last year, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed almost 331 people and injured about 600 in West Java’s Cianjur city. It was the most desolate in Indonesia since a 2018 tremor and tsunami in Sulawesi killed about 4,340 people. 

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