An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale shook parts of Bali on Wednesday morning, July 24. The quake, with an epicenter located 100 kilometers within the earth's crust, 113 kilometers due west of Waikabubak (Sumba), hit shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time and lasted for nearly 3 minutes, followed by two secondary quakes of similar intensities.
Although felt by resident in Bali's capital, no property damage or personal injuries were reported in connection with the quakes.
Bali, like most of Indonesia, resides on the fabled ring of fire - the meeting point of the giant plates of the earth's crust creating the many volcanoes in the region (Bali has five) and the relatively high pattern of earthquake activity. According to an expert from the local Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, Bali has recorded 52 earthquakes in June, recording an impressive 516 tectonic events in the first six months of 2002.
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