Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Indonesia, tourist hotspot Bali

Authorities in Indonesia issued a tsunami alert on Sunday after a massive earthquake rocked the popular tourist mecca of Bali. The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 quake was reported around 11:46 a.m. local time off the country’s Lombok Island, located next to Bali. The quake was about 6.5 miles deep, according to the USGS. Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency issued an alert, saying that there was the “potential” for a tsunami to take place. The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said on Twitter that “tsunami aftermath” was detected in Carik and Badas.

Debris on top of a motorcycles after an earthquake in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least three people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Just last week, a magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok, located just east of Bali, on July 29, killing 16 people. Hundreds of tourists were stranded on Mount Rinjani after the quake triggered a landslide, and more than 1,400 houses were damaged.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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