First Bali quake to hit Indonesian island of Datsingah

A first quake of magnitude 3.6 hit Indonesia’s island of Bali early Saturday, sending tremors of tremors up to six times stronger than those measured earlier, authorities said.

The quake, centered about 5:30 a.m. local time, hit the central and eastern parts of the island, which is known for its tropical vegetation and lush rainforests, with widespread damage in areas where the epicenters were not far from the coastline.

Some 300 buildings were destroyed, officials said.

Bali has a population of about 15 million people, but there have been many smaller quakes since 1998, according to the US Geological Survey.

Many smaller quasars have been detected in the Indonesian archipelago, including one in 1997, which caused a tsunami.

An earlier quake in October 2010 hit the country’s south, killing more than 1,000 people.

Indonesia’s earthquake bureau said earlier that the tremor was a magnitude 2.1.

The USGS has recorded a few smaller earthquakes in the past, but the biggest of them has been a magnitude 3 that struck the Indonesian city of Surabaya in December 2000.

More than 400,000 homes were damaged in the quake.

Indonesia has been hit by many small quasares before.

In 1998, a 7.8-magnitude quake hit the island nation of Sumatra, killing almost 6,000.

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