Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Kills 3 in Bali

An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 struck Indonesia’s Bali island on Saturday and killed at least three people, injured several others, and destroyed dozens of homes.

“The quake was felt strongly for five seconds,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Abdul Muhari said.

“People were panicking and ran from their houses when the quake hit,” Muhari added.

The Agency for Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics reported that the earthquakes’ epicenter was eight kilometers northwest of Karangasem district with a depth of 10 kilometers which occurred at 3.18 am local time.

Bali’s Search and Rescue Agency Head Gede Darmada said the agency was still collecting updates on damage and casualties but confirmed the three deaths and that at least seven people sustained head injuries or broken bones.

Darmada added that landslides caused by the earthquake in a hilly district killed two people and cut off access roads to at least three villages while falling debris from an area closest to the epicenter hit and killed a 3-year-old girl.

On Thursday, Bali reopened to international travelers for the first time in more than a year.

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