No Taiwanese nationals injured in Bali earthquake

Jakarta--There have been no reports of Taiwanese nationals injured in the wake of a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that jolted Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday morning, Taiwan's representative office in Surabaya said.

The earthquake, which struck at 7:10 a.m, was centered 2km northeast of Banjar Pasekan, a town in the southeastern part of Bali, at a depth of 118km. No tsunami warning was issued, the United States Geological Survey reported.

However, the temblor sparked panic among local residents and tourists who fled their homes and hotels for higher ground, witnesses were cited as saying on foreign media reports.

The situation returned to normal after people were informed by text message that no tsunami was triggered by the earthquake.

The Taiwanese liaison office told CNA that it had been in contact with the Taiwanese chamber of commerce on Bali and there has been no report of Taiwanese travelers or business people injured or trapped as a result of the quake.

The office will extend help to anyone in need, it said.

A Taiwanese woman, surnamed Chen who runs a holiday resort in Ubud on Bali, said she felt the earthquake when it struck, but added it was not a major event. Few tourists were bothered by it, she added.

Indonesia is prone to seismic activity due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. In December 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in several countries.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel