3 killed as strong quake rocks Indonesia's Java, Bali

Indonesia earthquake: Huge 6.0 magnitude rocks volcanic Java island

A magnitude 6.0 quake struck off the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

It was followed by a second magnitude 7.0 quake near Papua New Guinea, prompting the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to issue a message there was no tsunami threat to Australia.

Some residents briefly left their homes in the island's capital Denpasar, according to Reuters.

A shallow 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's East Java and Bali provinces in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 11, killing at least three people and injuring eight others on the island of Madura.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati told AFP.

The quake hit 118 kilometres from Kimbe.

Possibly 5,000 people were buried in places where the natural disaster caused liquefaction, a phenomenon where wet soil weakens and collapses, becoming mud that sucks houses and everything else into the ground in a quicksand-like effect.

The country is a particular hotspot for earthquakes as it is located on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km area in the Pacific Ocean.

He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicenter. Australia's Tsunami Warning Center said its coastlines were not at risk.

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Some guests at the hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main global airport, briefly fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

Another resident, Ni Komang Sudiani, told AFP: "The quake was very big".

"All my neighbours were also running".

"As long as they keep searching, I will be here every day looking for my son", said Rahman, who said he had lost three sons in the disaster. "People were sleeping but got woken up by it".

The official search for casualties of a devastating quake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi began winding down on Thursday, as authorities prioritize support for the living almost two weeks after the disaster.

Rescue workers in Indonesia stepped up their search for victims of an natural disaster and tsunami on Tuesday, hoping to find as many bodies as they can before this week's deadline for their work to halt, as the official death toll rose to 2,010.

This is where numerous world's natural disasters occur due to it sitting on top of continuously sliding tectonic plates.

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