Indonesia's Bali hit by 6.0 quake

Huge earthquake rocks Bali forcing locals to flee their homes

Huge earthquake rocks Bali forcing locals to flee their homes

A short time later a 7.0-magnitude quake struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island.

A Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"Based on the preliminary quake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 186 miles of the natural disaster epicenter", the PTWC said.

"A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin. Australia's Tsunami Warning Center said its coastlines were not at risk.

In Bali, residents describing strong tremors.

Some guests at a hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main worldwide airport, briefly fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time", said a woman named Davy who took refuge in the parking lot of a Bali hotel.

"The quake was very big. I immediately woke up and took my little kids out of the house", Ni Komang Sudiani told AFP. "All my neighbours were also running". "People were sleeping but got woken up by it", Tonny Akbar Mahendro told AFP.

The quake was also felt in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, which is about 200km from Situbondo, the nearest town to the quake epicentre.

The Islamic Relief SA organisation on Wednesday said it was assisting Indonesians who were affected by the devastating natural disaster and tsunami that left thousands dead, many more hurt, and other survivors without shelter, food, and water.

The country was still reeling from an natural disaster and tsunami last month that killed more than 2000 people.

The International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, are holding annual meetings on Bali through to Sunday.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.