Earthquake, 5.0 magnitude detected in Bali near Mount Agung

“Star” marks the spot of the earthquake recorded on Nov. 9, 2017. Photo via BMKG
“Star” marks the spot of the earthquake recorded on Nov. 9, 2017. Photo via BMKG

An earthquake measuring 5.0 magnitude on the richter scale was detected in Bali near Mount Agung on Thursday morning.

The quake’s epicenter was in the sea, 11 kilometers east of Karangasem, at a depth of 10 kilometers at 5:54am local time, according to data from the Bali Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami warning.

The epicenter was about 12 to 13 kilometers from the summit of Mount Agung, Bali’s rumbling volcano that is currently on level III “standby” the second highest alert level for an eruption. Agung has been on standby since Oct. 29 after previously being on level IV “danger” for five weeks.

The earthquake is related to the volcanic activity of Mount Agung, says Indonesian volcanologist Devy Kamil of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG).

“This means that Mount Agung’s episode has not yet been completed. There is still a lot of energy,” Kamil said on Thursday, as quoted by Liputan6.

Meanwhile, the Operation Control Center of the Bali Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) says that there is a need for further study examining the connection between the earthquake and Mount Agung’s volcanic activity.

Related to the impact of Thursday morning’s 5.0 quake, BPBD Bali did not receive any reports of damage or casualties on the island.


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