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Quake on Indonesian resort island injures dozens

October 13, 2011 | 12:14 am

A man examines a minivan destroyed by an earthquake in Bali

REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– A strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday, injuring dozens and sending tourists running for their lives from seaside hotels.

Many of the more than 50 reported injuries were head wounds and broken bones that occurred when ceilings collapsed in some unstable buildings, officials said. Numerous people were treated at local hospitals, they said. There were no reported deaths.

The epicenter of the undersea quake was about 100 miles southwest of Denpasar, the gateway to the tourist mecca, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Many people in the central-island artist destination of Ubud reportedly ran for the streets when the ground began shaking at 11:16 a.m. Hotels called for the evacuation of guests as cracks appeared in walls and hotel lobby windows shattered, knocking motorcycle riders outside off their vehicles.

Officials said there was no tsunami potential from the quake.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Rim's “ring of fire," a center of seismic activity.


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Photo: A man examines a minivan crushed by a chunk of concrete that fell from a building in Kuta, Bali, during the earthquake Thursday. Credit: Firdia Lisnawati / Associated Press