Yet another quake hits Indonesia, three die; IMF summit shaken

Yet another quake hits Indonesia, three die; IMF summit shaken

Yet another quake hits Indonesia, three die; IMF summit shaken

A 6.0 magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Bali sending residents fleeing their homes in terror.

They were briefed by the country's top disaster official, Willem Rampangilei, and Central Sulawesi Gov. Longki Djanggola on the damage caused by the September 28 quake, which triggered a tsunami that swept away houses, crumpled cars and beached numerous ships.

In August, several major earthquakes on the island of Lombok, just east of Bali, caused widespread damage and killed hundreds of people. Even in these ones which are small fry compared to earthquakes and tsunami, we are quite often found wanting.

The country is still reeling just two weeks after a devastating magnitude-7.5 natural disaster and subsequent tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi last week.

"All my neighbours were also running".

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's geophysics agency, told AFP.

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Three people were killed and houses were damaged after a magnitude-6.3 quake off East Java province and Bali yesterday, rattling some hotels where delegates to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank meetings are staying.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time", said one woman who took refuge in a hotel parking lot in Nusa Dua, a few kilometres from where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their meetings.

Entire villages were sucked into the earth at hard-hit areas like Balaroa, when soil turned to mush under the force of the quake.

At Balaroa, 29-year-old Muhammad Rasidi was coming to terms with the fact his three missing siblings would never be found.

"We stayed outside until dawn", he said.

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Indonesian authorities on Thursday extended the deadline for the search and rescue operations for a possible 5,000 people missing in the areas worst affected by the quake and tsunami which struck Sulawesi island on September 28, killing 2,073 persons.

According to a report from the Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), most of the damaged buildings are houses belonging to the residents of Jembrana regency.

Save the Children's affiliated organisation in Indonesia said there could be as many as 1,500 children still missing. The search for the dead is expected to end Thursday.

"We've got experienced search and rescue teams here in Indonesia with really specialised equipment".

Indonesia sits along the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands and islets, which is formed by the convergence of three large tectonic plates (the indo-pacific, australian, eurasian), is located on the Pacific ring of fire, a zone of high seismic activity.

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