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A Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On!

Second Significant Earthquake in Ten Days Felt by Bali's Residents.


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(5/1/2004)

The second significant tectonic event in 10 days was felt by many Bali residents on Tuesday, April 27, 2004, when an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale shook the island shortly after midnight local time.

With an epicenter 80 kilometers below sea level and 160 kilometers southwest of Denpasar in the Indian Ocean, the main brunt of the earthquake – like the one that preceded it ten days earlier (17/4), was felt in the East Javanese city of Banyuwangi.

No injuries or significant property damage have been associated with the Tuesday quake. The most recent quake lasted only 36 seconds, unlike its predecessor which shook non-stop for 20 minutes.

Bali, like much of Indonesia, exists in an area of almost continuous volcanic and tectonic activity known as the "ring of fire." Bali and the surrounding area experiences as many as one hundred measurable geophysical events each month, but most of these quakes register less than 4 on the Richter scale and therefore pass without notice by most local populace.

Bali experienced a 6.1 Richter quake on January 2, 2004, which caused property damage in the Karangasem area.



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