29 Dec '16, 11pm

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits near Sumbwa, Indonesia: USGS

JAKARTA (REUTERS, AFP) – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake was felt in the Indonesian resort island of Bali early Friday, an AFP correspondent said, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake hit around 300km east of Bali at a depth of around 72km just off the island of Sumbawa at 6.30am, the US Geological Survey said. “The earthquake was quite long. Most people had just woken up and they started running out from their homes. My family and I also ran away because we were afraid,” Djunaedi Garib, who lives in Hambala, south-east of the epicentre, on the island of Sumba, told AFP. In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties or damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) did not immediately issue a tsunami warning and the quake was unlikely to cause one. Indonesia’s disaster agency said offici...

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