Bali rocked after 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok Island, tsunami alert issued

Authorities in Indonesia issued a tsunami warning on Sunday after a massive earthquake rocked the popular tourist mecca of Bali, a week after another quake in the same region killed more than a dozen people.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 quake was reported around 7:46 a.m. ET off the country’s Lombok Island, located next to Bali.

The quake was about 6 miles deep and had an epicenter about a mile east-southeast of Loloan, 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. 


A video posted to social media shows a tourist running through the hallway of a hotel as the building shakes.


There were no immediate reports of injuries, but a set of photos posted to Twitter show damage in Bali. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told KompasTV that the quake strongly jolted Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, and may have caused damage there. He said the quake was also felt in parts of neighboring Bali island.

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, who is currently on vacation in Bali with husband John Legend and their two children, said on Twitter it was a “massive” earthquake.

“oh my god,” she wrote on Twitter. “Bali. Trembling. So long.”

Teigen also reported there were “so many aftershocks.”

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.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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