POSTED: 5:45 p.m. HST, Oct 12, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 9:00 p.m. HST, Oct 12, 2011
BALI, Indonesia >> A powerful earthquake struck off Indonesia’s popular resort island of Bali on Thursday, sending people fleeing from their homes and hotels in panic. No tsunami alert was issued, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The walls of some temples along the coast crumbled and witnesses told local radio and television stations they saw some houses with collapsed roofs.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.0-magnitude quake was centered 60 miles southwest of the island. It hit 36 miles beneath the ocean floor.
“It knocked me off my motorcycle,” said one resident, Miftahul Chusna.
Candy Juliani, a public relations officer for the Sanur Beach Hotel, said everything in the building was shaking.
“The guests ran from their rooms in panic,” she said.
“We have special emergency routes for this type of situation but everyone was so scared, they just ignored them.”
Others reported seeing cracks in the walls of their offices or homes.
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.
A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh.