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Panic as powerful quake rocks Bali

A powerful earthquake has hit waters off Indonesia's resort island of Bali, sending people fleeing homes and hotels in panic.

No tsunami alert was issued.

The US Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the quake at 6.0 and said it was centred 60 miles south west of the island. Indonesia's geological agency put the quake's magnitude at 6.8.

It struck 36 miles beneath the ocean floor.

Some roofs collapsed and people told local radio and television stations they saw cracks in the walls of buildings.

"It knocked me off my motorcycle," said Miftahul Chusna.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant quake off the country on December 26 2004 triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.


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