New Indonesia quake kills 3 in Java village, shakes Bali

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

More than 67,000 homes were desroyed or damaged in the worst-hit city of Palu, 1,500km northeast of the capital Jakarta, displacing 82,000 people.

A shallow 6.0-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali early Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, causing panicked people to flee their homes. The US Geological Survey website stated the quake had a 6.0 magnitude.

The accident mitigation agency, shows the damages from an natural disaster in East Java's Sumenep district on October 11, 2018.

"I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked". People poured out of their houses.

"The natural disaster happened early Thursday when they were sleeping and the quake suddenly rocked so they didn't have time to evacuate", Sutopo said.

Some tourists and residents ducked outdoors as a precaution but then went back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

Search for survivors has now been called off after the truly devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in Indonesia has claimed more than 2000 lives.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the magnitude 6.0 quake that shook Bali and East Java. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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Possibly thousands of people are buried in areas where the force of the quake liquefied the soil and sucked houses into the earth.

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

"The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the victims will end this Thursday afternoon", SAR field director in Palu, Bambang Suryo, told AFP.

Memorials will be constructed in hard-hit neighborhoods such as Balaroa and Petobo, he said.

"At the same time, if they ask us to help, if they're pointing "please look here, my family is under here", of course, we can't say "no", we have to dig".

After a rare appeal for global assistance, Indonesia is now trying to limit foreign involvement in the disaster relief effort. Nugroho said there's no need for worldwide aid other than the four priorities identified by Indonesia - tents, water treatment units, generators and transport.

On Wednesday, Indonesia clarified that its policy on foreign assistance, aid workers and volunteers is "not intended" to prevent them from entering quake-hit Sulawesi.

Worldwide aid groups with Indonesian sister organizations say foreign personnel they want to send are being vetted by the government in a process that takes several days or longer.

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