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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Large earthquake strikes Bali

THE police headquarters in Denpasar where a 14-year-old Australian boy is being detained has been evacuated following a large earthquake in Bali.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the popular tourist island at 11.16am, according to the US Geological Survey.
Tourist Andrea Eyden, who is staying in Seminyak, told PerthNow residents raced into the street after the earthquake hit.
"We have just had a big earth tremor, whole house rocked, residents raced into the streets," she said.

"(Semynak) villa has lots of new cracks but we haven't seen anywhere else ... it sure shook us up."
Channel 7 reporter Geof Parry, in Bali covering the arrest of the 14-year-old boy, told ABC radio the tremor lasted up to a minute and was widespread.
"A big tremor was felt all over Bali," he said.
"A colleague of mine in Kuta was evacuated from their hotel.
"It lasted 45 seconds to a minute and just increased and increased."
Another twitter user, @sshearmaines, described the tremor.
"Just experienced my first ever earthquake tremor or volcanic eruption! The whole villa was shaking!"
USGS reported the magnitutde 6.1 quake struck 109km southwest of Kuta at a depth of 69km.

It was not clear if the boy had been evacuated from the building, where he has been held since being arrested for allegedly buying a small amount of cannabis last Tuesday.
No tsunami warnings have been issued.

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