In a heart-pounding awakening, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude rocked the depths of the sea north of Bali and Lombok islands in Indonesia during the early hours of Tuesday. The seismic jolt, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), sent residents scrambling out of their buildings in a rush to safety.
The epicenter of this seismic event lay a considerable 203 km (126 miles) north of Mataram, Indonesia, nestled a striking 516 km beneath the Earth’s surface, according to EMSC. While both Indonesian and U.S. geological agencies measured the quake’s magnitude at 7.1, there was no immediate threat of a tsunami.
As the clock approached 4 a.m. (2000 GMT), coastal regions in Bali and Lombok felt the earth’s fury. The initial quake was soon followed by two subsequent tremors, measuring 6.1 and 6.5 in magnitude, as noted by the Indonesian geological agency.
Residents and guests were roused from their slumber, with the Mercure Kuta Bali Hotel bearing witness to the quake’s effects. Guests hastily evacuated their rooms, the sensation of the earth’s upheaval lasting mere seconds. Mercure Kuta Bali’s manager, Suadi, conveyed that while some guests sought refuge outside, they eventually returned as the structure remained unscathed.