Earthquake Hits Indonesia: Three dead as IMF Summit Shaken By Quake
An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude shook hotels where IMF delegates were attention a summit, on Thursday, killed three people after a quake-tsunami which killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago, Indonesia.
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Bali and Java islands in the country and earlier, jolted residents awake and sent them rushing to the streets.
The attendants who were at Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week had to evacuate their hotels as the quake shook the island.
“I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked. At first I didn´t want to go out but then I decided to leave,” said Katharina Sudiyono, an Indonesian attendee at the summit.
“Many summit participants woke up and asked questions, but we immediately sent out information to them that there had been an earthquake and the impact in Nusa Dua,” said Peter Jacobs, the head of the Indonesian Central Bank’s IMF-World Bank task force.
However, there were no reports of any significant damage or injury around that time.
The conference center was designed to withstand seismic events, and participants had been told to remain there in the event of a quake.
In case of tsunami risk, attendees would be evacuated to a nearby building.
“Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time,” said one woman who took refuge in a hotel parking lot in Nusa Dua, a few kilometres from where the IMF and World Bank are holding their meetings.
However, the head of Indonesia’s geophysics agency, Dwikorita Karnawati, was also in Nusa Dua for the IMF summit and stated that no tsunami warning was issued.
“I felt the quake too,” she said. “We are also still gathering data from our team in East Java.”
Three people were crushed in their sleep when the Earthquake brought down buildings in the Sumenep district, in East Java. It had sent people running to the streets outside of their homes.
“Everybody panicked and the entire village ran outside. We have never experienced an earthquake as strong as last night,” Zainurrohman, a 21-year-old said.
“We stayed outside until dawn,” he added.
Earlier, a series of earthquakes in Lombok in eastern Indonesia killed more than 550 people during the summer.
Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries on the planet, and is called Pacific “Ring of Fire” by many, where tectonic plates collide and many of the world’s disastrous Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions can occur.