At least three people were killed and hundreds of houses were badly damaged after a 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bali’s Karangasem regency on Saturday, with authorities on the island now able to disclose the devastating numbers after tallying up casualties and damages from the disaster.
Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers 8 kilometers northwest of Karangasem at 4:18am.
A report published by the Karangasem’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) yesterday evening said that at least 243 houses were heavily damaged in the area, while at least 300 houses sustained minor damages and three others were moderately damaged.
Some 21 pelinggih (sacred Balinese Hindu shrines) and two temples were reportedly heavily damaged as a result of the quake, while one temple saw minor damages.
The quake also damaged one education facility and triggered landslides in three access points. The damages occured in a number of villages across four districts, namely Ban and Dukuh villages in Kubu district, Rendang dan Pempatan villages in Rendang district, Jungutan village in Bebandem district, and Amerta Buana in Selat district.
Officials have yet to quantify the financial losses from the material damages.
One person in Karangasem was reportedly killed in the earthquake, while six people were seriously injured and 69 others suffered minor injuries.
The Karangasem regent has declared the regency to be under the emergency response status, which will last for seven days until Oct. 22.
Other than Karangasem, nearby Bangli regency also saw structural damages from the quake, including 26 houses that suffered heavy damages, and nine that were moderately damaged. Public facilities that were impacted include one village office and one puskesmas (community clinic), among others, as reported by the Bangli BPBD office.
Two people were reportedly killed in Bangli, while two people were seriously injured and five others sustained minor injuries. The BPBD office reported that five families, amounting to 19 people, had to evacuate their homes.
Damage was reported in three villages in Kintamani district, namely Trunyan village, Abang Batu Dinding village, and Abang Songan village.
BPBD in Karangasem and Bangli have set up tents for residents whose houses were destroyed in the earthquake.