Indonesia's Bali hit by magnitude 6 earthquake

Indonesia's Bali hit by magnitude 6 earthquake
Photo credit: United States Geological Survey

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Bali, the US Geological Survey says, causing brief panic among residents though there was no potential for a tsunami and no immediate reports of major damage.

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are being held this week in Bali and attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers and some leaders.

The quake located in the Bali Sea shook buildings for several seconds on Bali on Thursday and some residents briefly left their homes in the island's capital Denpasar, a Reuters witness said.

The USGS put the epicentre as 40km northeast of Sumberanyar on nearby Java island.

Indonesia suffered a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last month on the island of Sulawesi killing more than 2000 people.

Reuters