Indonesia's Bali and Java islands hit by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes one of Australia’s closest neighbours

A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has rattled two Indonesian islands.

The quake occurred off the southern coast of East Java province, at a depth of 10 kilometres and 305 kilometres south-west of Denpasar, Bali.

The quake was not expected to trigger a tsunami, Indonesia’s country’s geophysics agency reported.

The earthquake occurred 1.07pm Tuesday Jakarta time with the epicentre situated 284km south-west of Jember Regency, East Java. 

Local authorities are checking for any damage caused by the tremors felt strongly in East Java province and Bali.

The earthquake is the third to hit Indonesia in recent weeks.

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck the West Java region on Saturday which was felt 280km in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

A 5.6 earthquake killed 331 people and injured nearly 600 in West Java´s Cianjur city on November 21, 

It was Indonesia’s deadliest since a quake and tsunami in Sulawesi claimed 4,340 lives in 2018. 

Indonesia is often frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin known as the ‘Ring of Fire.’

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