Bali, PNG both rocked by earthquakes

Indonesia earthquake: Huge 6.0 magnitude rocks volcanic Java island

Bali is hosting the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank this week, which are being attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers and some leaders.

The strong quake was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali, where panicked people fled from buildings.

According to Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority, by 9 Oct, the death toll reached 2010, and 82,775 people were relocated while 67,310 houses and 2,736 schools were destroyed.

More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the twin disaster on Sulawesi island.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an quake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead.

A magnitude 7.0 quake has struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey says.

The archepelagic country is still in the process of recovering from the quake, tsunami, and soil liquefication that hit Sulawesi some two weeks ago, killing at least more than a thousand.

The head of Indonesia's geophysics agency said there had been no reports of casualties or damage, although information was still being gathered in East Java province.

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The government has said it needs to call off the search for bodies because of concern about the spread of disease, and begin to focus on the next phase - rebuilding.

No one knows how many people have yet to be found but it could be as many as 5,000, the national disaster mitigation agency said.

Indonesia is situated in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

A tsunami warning system set up after 2004 failed to save lives in Sulawesi: it emerged too late that, due to neglect or vandalism, a network of 22 buoys connected to seabed sensors had been inoperable since 2012.

Rehabilitation and reconstruction will take until 2021, the government says.

So it took days for rescuers to reach the neighborhoods of Balaroa, Petobo, and Sigi, where traumatized survivors said the ground came alive when the quake hit, swallowing up people, vehicles and thousands of homes.

Indonesia initially refused worldwide help but four days after the disaster President Joko Widodo reluctantly agreed to allow in overseas aid. Groups that sent foreign personnel to the disaster zone are "advised to retrieve their personnel immediately", according to those guidelines.

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