Strong quake shakes In­done­sia

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD -

Quake kills three, dis­rupts IMF sum­mit

An earth­quake Thurs­day killed three peo­ple in In­done­sia and rat­tled ho­tels where IMF del­e­gates are at­tend­ing a ma­jor sum­mit, a fort­night af­ter a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 else­where in the ar­chi­pel­ago.

The 6.0-mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck off the coast of In­done­sia's Bali and Java is­lands in the early hours, i njur­ing nearly 30 peo­ple and send­ing res­i­dents rush­ing into the streets.

Some at­ten­dees in Bali for the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF) and World Bank an­nual meet­ings this week evac­u­ated their ho­tels as the quake shook the is­land.

“I felt the quake for at least 30 sec­onds and I pan­icked. At first I didn’t want to go out but then I de­cided to leave,” Katha­rina Sudiy­ono, an In­done­sian at­tendee at the sum­mit, told AFP.

Peter Ja­cobs, head of the In­done­sian Cen­tral Bank's IMF-World Bank task­force, said del­e­gates in Bali's Nusa Dua district for the sum­mit were quickly in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion.

“Many sum­mit par­tici- pants woke up and asked ques­tions, but we im­me­di­ately sent out in­for­ma­tion to them that there had been an earth­quake and the im­pact in Nusa Dua," he told AFP.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of dam­age or in­juries in Bali and the sum­mit pro­ceeded Thurs­day un­in­ter­rupted.

“We send our con­do­lences to those af­fected by the earth­quake. Here in Bali, the earth­quake has not caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age nor any dis­rup­tion to the meet­ings,” an IMF spokesman said.

The con­fer­ence cen­ter was de­signed to with­stand seis­mic events, and par­tic­i­pants had been told to re­main there in the event of a quake.

In case of tsunami risk, at­ten­dees would be evac­u­ated to a nearby build­ing.

Hol­i­day­ers in the is­land's pop­u­lar tourist dis­tricts also rushed into the streets as build­ings swayed.

“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 IMF and World Bank are hold­ing their meet­ings.

Oth­ers in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main in­ter­na­tional air­port, also pan­icked.

“The quake was very big. I im­me­di­ately woke up and took my lit­tle kids out of the house,” Ni Ko­mang Su­di­ani told AFP.

“All my neigh­bors were also run­ning,” said the mother of two.

/AFP

Some at­ten­dees of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund and World Bank an­nual meet­ings va­cated their ho­tels as the quake shook the is­land.

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