7.0 earthquake strikes off Lombok, rattles Bali: BMKG (PHOTOS)

Damage in Bali from a 7.0 earthquake that struck off of Lombok on August 5, 2018. Photos via Denpasar Now
Damage in Bali from a 7.0 earthquake that struck off of Lombok on August 5, 2018. Photos via Denpasar Now

UPDATE Rescuers search for survivors in Lombok after quake kills 91

A 7.0 earthquake struck off of Indonesia’s Lombok island on Sunday evening and could strongly be felt in Bali as well.

Just look at this video taken at the island’s Ngurah Rai Airport:

Take note though that the airport is still operating normally:

The earthquake was initially recorded as 6.8, but Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology & Geophysics Agency (BMKG) later updated its information, marking the quake as a 7.0 with a tsunami warning triggered. However, the tsunami was cancelled a little while after.

The earthquake hit at 7:46pm, Bali time, at a depth of 10 kilometers, about 27 kilometers from northeastern Lombok.

The extent of the damage is not yet known, nor has it been officially reported whether or not there have been casualties.

But the earthquake could be felt so strongly in Bali that people spilled into the streets from buildings, taking caution.

“Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking,” Dwikorita Karnawati, head of BMKG told local TV.

The rattling could be felt quite strong in Bali, evident by footage gone viral which has shown buildings collapsing in the island’s capital, Denpasar, and the popular tourist area of Kuta.

The 7.0 earthquake comes just a week after a 6.4 was recorded off Lombok’s northeastern coast, which killed at least 17 people and forced some 5,000 people to evacuate.

With reporting from AFP

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