Please note: The size of the earthquake has been updated from 6.5 down to 5.5 magnitude.
A strong tremor measuring 5.5 struck 35 km off the coast of the holiday Island of Bali in Indonesia around 7.10 am this morning and lasted for around twenty seconds.
The tremor woke people in their beds and scared them into running from their homes and into the street. Social media has lit up with personal experiences and people seeking answers but as yet there is little information available.
The 5.5 earthquake struck 117 km down but the close proximity of the epicenter to the holiday island has people believing it was stronger than recent past tremors.
There have been no reports of injury and no Tsunami warnings have been issued, at this point of time. but for anyone seeking further information visit: www.bom.gov.au/tsunami or call 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 6264).
The location of the Earthquake was 35 km Southeast Badung-Bali, 38 km SouthWest Klungkung-Bali, 44 km Southwest Gianyar-Bali, 24 km Southeast Denpasar-Bali, and 982 km Southeast Jakarta-Indonesia.
Indonesia is located on the famed ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ and it experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
Tips for after an earthquake.
- Exit the building in an orderly manner.
- Use stairs. Avoid elevators and escalators.
- Help injured or trapped people.
- Inspect the house for fires, gas leaks, short circuits.
- Check the water supply and pipes.
- Turn off the electricity and do not use fires.
- Stay away from damaged and earthquake areas, as aftershocks are always possible.
- Listen for the latest updates about the earthquake and aftershocks.