Large natural disaster strikes Indonesia, ‘potential’ exists for a tsunami

Large natural disaster strikes Indonesia, ‘potential’ exists for a tsunami

He said the quake was also felt in parts of neighboring Bali island.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency for Indonesia had reported scores of aftershocks in the hours last week's quake and had warned that another major quake could be imminent.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the latest quake caused people to flee their homes and move to higher ground.

The natural disaster, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and struck at a depth of 15km (9.3 miles), has now caused a tsunami warning to be issued. Its epicentre was about two kilometers east-southeast of Loloan.

She said the warning was for the lowest level of tsunami, and that small waves just 15 centimetres (6 inches) high were detected in three villages.

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Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking.

"A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".

Officials said travellers at the global airports in Bali and Lombok were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but the operations were not disrupted.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

An Indonesian official said at least three people were killed by the natural disaster, which struck in the early evening after sunset.

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