Fresh quake rat­tles IMF del­e­gates

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

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

Some at­ten­dees in Bali for the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund 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,” Katha­rina Sudiy­ono, an In­done­sian at­tendee at re­porters.

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

“Many sum­mit par­tic­i­pants woke up and asked ques­tions, but we im­me­di­ately sent out the sum­mit, told in­for­ma­tion to them that there had been an earth­quake,” he told re­porters.

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

“Here in Bali, the earth­quake has not caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age nor any dis­rup­tion to the meet­ings,” an IMF spokesper­son said.

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

Dwiko­rita Kar­nawati, the head of In­done­sia’s geo­physics agency who was also in Nusa Dua for the IMF sum­mit, said no tsunami warn­ing was is­sued.

The tremor’s epi­cen­tre was in the Bali Sea about 40km off the east­ern end of Java is­land, ac­cord­ing to the United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey.

The tremor comes af­ter a 7.5mag­ni­tude quake and sub­se­quent tsunami struck off the In­done­sian is­land of Su­lawesi last month, killing more than 2,000 peo­ple.

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