Quake damage in Bali, one person hurt

By AAP Newswire

Indonesia has had its second strong earthquake since Sunday, with a tremor shaking Bali and other islands on Tuesday, damaging homes and injuring one person.

Tuesday's magnitude 5.7 quake was centred at sea 82 kilometres to the southwest of Denpasar at a depth of 91 kilometres. the US Geological Survey said.

Indonesia's geophysics agency said the quake didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The national disaster agency said one person was injured in Bali and 38 buildings including houses and a Mercure hotel had minor damage.

On Sunday, a quake in North Maluku province killed four people and damaged nearly 1,000 houses. About 3,100 people in the province are living in temporary shelters, disaster officials said.

After Tuesday's quake, the main hospital in Denpasar evacuated patients, some attached to intravenous drips, to the hospital grounds.

Numerous schools and hotels were also evacuated.

"While having breakfast suddenly everything in the room swayed very strongly," said George Stephen, an Australian holidaying in Bali's Kuta area.

He said guests fled the hotel in panic but returned after about 15 minutes.

Indonesia, with more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.