3 killed after 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Java, Bali
Delegates in Indonesia for IMF summit evacuated from hotels but mostly unaffected
JAKARTA An earthquake killed three people in Indonesia yesterday 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 Bali and Java islands in the early hours, jolting residents awake and sending them 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. At first I didn’t want to go out but then I decided to leave,” said Ms Katharina Sudiyono, an Indonesian attendee at the summit.
Mr 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 participants 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 said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Bali and the summit proceeded uninterrupted yesterday.
“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 centre was designed to withstand seismic events, and participants had been told to remain there in the event of a quake.
In case of a tsunami risk, attendees would be evacuated to a nearby building.
Visitors in the island’s popular tourist districts also rushed onto 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,” said Madam Ni Komang Sudiani, a mother of two.
“All my neighbours were also running.”
In East Java, three people were crushed to death in their sleep when the quake brought down buildings in Sumenep district and sent people fleeing their homes. – AFP
East Java’s Sumenep district was hit by the quake.