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Two Moderate Earthquakes Off Bali's Coasts

Earthquakes in the Oceans to the North and South of Bali, Occurring only 5 days Apart, Cause No Damage to the Island.

(12/31/2006) In a period of less than one week, two moderate earthquakes struck in near proximity to Bali's coasts, one to the Island's north and the other to the south.

The first seismic event happened at 4:01 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2006. Measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, the quake hit off Baliís north coast, 255 kilometers northeast of Denpasar. Sourced to a depth of 524.1 kilometers below sea level the quake was felt along the northeast shore of Bali, causing more panic than physical damage. Local press reported that two pregnant women miscarried shortly after the quake.

The second quake occurred on Friday, December 29, 2006 at 2:26 p.m. local time. Measuring a magnitude of 5.1 the quake was centered 140 kilometers South-Southwest of Denpasar at a depth of 45.1 kilometers. The quake went largely unnoticed in Bali.

Neither earthquake was large enough to produce a tidal wave.

Located near the a number of major geological fault lines, moderate earthquakes are a frequent occurrence in Bali.