UPDATED: Indonesia’s Bali shakes after 5.5 quake

UPDATED: Indonesia’s Bali shakes after 5.5 quake

DENPASAR, Indonesia Aug 22 (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake shook Indonesia's tourist island of Bali on Monday, with no immediate reports of damages or casualties. The quake, which Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency (BMKG) said was a 5.6 magnitude, lasted for around a minute and led to many residents spilling from buildings on to streets, according to witnesses. It occurred at 1636 local time (0836 GMT) and was felt across the island and neighbouring Lombok, witnesses said. Officials at the local and national disaster mitigation agencies did not immediately respond to a request for comment. BMKG said no tsunami was…
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Russia attends G20 meeting set to be dominated by Ukraine conflict

Russia attends G20 meeting set to be dominated by Ukraine conflict

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, July 7 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was on the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday preparing for a G20 gathering that will be his first face-to-face meeting with the fiercest critics of his country's invasion of Ukraine. The G20 foreign ministers' meeting runs until Friday in host country Indonesia, which has this year grappled with the tough balancing act of running a global summit buffeted by geopolitical pressures and a global food crisis blamed on the Ukraine war.  There was tight security on Thursday as foreign diplomats descended on the tropical island for a meeting where the…
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Indonesia bans foreign tourist arrivals at Jakarta airport as COVID-19 spikes

Indonesia bans foreign tourist arrivals at Jakarta airport as COVID-19 spikes

JAKARTA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia has temporarily banned foreign tourists entering the country through Jakarta's airport, the transport ministry said, in a bid to slow a spike in coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant. Indonesia will tighten social restrictions in the capital Jakarta and the holiday island of Bali as coronavirus cases rise sharply, a senior minister said on Monday. Under new regulations, supermarkets, malls and restaurants will operate at 60% capacity and houses of worship will be reduced to 50% of capacity, said senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan. It was not immediately clear when the measures would take…
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Bali to welcome first international tourist flight amid cautious reopening

Bali to welcome first international tourist flight amid cautious reopening

DENPASAR, Indonesia, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Indonesia's holiday island of Bali will welcome its first direct flight carrying foreign tourists for nearly two years on Thursday, but just a handful of visitors will be on board to enter strict quarantine on arrival. A Garuda Indonesia flight from Tokyo is scheduled to arrive in Bali in the afternoon, with six foreigners and six Indonesians aboard, said Ida Ayu Indah Yustikarini, an official at the Bali Government Tourism Office. Though the island officially opened to visitors from China, New Zealand, Japan and a few other countries in mid-October, there have been no…
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Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 strikes Bali, kills three

Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 strikes Bali, kills three

JAKARTA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 struck Indonesia's Bali island on Saturday morning, killing at least three people, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said. The quake affected the Karangasem and Bangli districts on the eastern side of the tourist island and a search has been concluded, the agency said in a statement, but authorities were continuing to monitor situation. A landslide triggered by the quake killed two of the victims, the agency said. A third was killed by falling debris. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the 4.8 magnitude quake struck off Banjar Wangsian, and put…
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Indonesia’s Bali reopens to international tourists, but with no flights

Indonesia’s Bali reopens to international tourists, but with no flights

Indonesia's holiday island of Bali reopened to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic hiatus on Thursday, but the island is lacking one crucial ingredient: international flights. Tourism-reliant Bali is scheduled to reopen on Thursday and though its Ngurah Rai international airport has carried out simulations preparing for tourists to return, it is not expecting much to happen soon. "So far there is no schedule," said Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman for the airport. Indonesia's tight immigration measures during the pandemic have devastated the island, with widespread closures of hotels, shops and businesses. The government is eager to revive Bali's beleaguered…
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Bali reopening to foreign tourists delayed as COVID surges

Bali reopening to foreign tourists delayed as COVID surges

ndonesia's government will wait until COVID-19 cases fall significantly before opening Bali to foreign tourists, the country's tourism minister said in an interview. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the economy of Bali, for decades a magnet for holidaymakers thanks to its spectacular beaches, vibrant nightlife and distinctive Hindu culture. "We were targeting end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike (in coronavirus cases)," Indonesia's Minister for Tourism and the Cultural Economy, Sandiaga Uno, told Reuters in an interview on Monday. "We will be waiting for the situation to be more…
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Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings that killed 202

Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings that killed 202

Indonesian Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the suspected mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, walked free from prison on Friday after serving 10 years for setting up a militant training camp. Authorities said Bashir, 82, who was never convicted of a direct role in the bombings, would enter a deradicalisation programme amid concerns over his continued influence in extremist circles. Photographs showed him dressed in white and wearing a mask as he left the prison in Bogor, south of the capital Jakarta, before being driven to his home at an Islamic boarding school near the city…
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Bali postpones plan to allow back foreign tourists next month

Bali postpones plan to allow back foreign tourists next month

The Indonesian island of Bali has postponed a plan to reopen the country's biggest tourism hub to international tourists on Sept. 11, its governor said, due to the rising level of coronavirus cases reported in the Southeast Asian country. Indonesia has reported more than 155,000 coronavirus infections and 6,759 deaths as of Monday, the highest number of fatalities in Southeast Asia. Authorities halted international tourism in early April as the outbreak picked up pace. Governor Wayan Koster said in a statement that plans to open up Bali to foreign tourists were postponed because the "situation in Indonesia isn’t conducive to…
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Ceremony held to commemorate the anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings

Ceremony held to commemorate the anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings

Relatives of the victims of the 2002 Bali bombings mourn in front of the Bali Bombing Memorial on the 17th anniversary of the bombing, in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 12 October 2019. The 12 October 2002 terrorist bombing attacks in Kuta killed 202 people. Among those killed were people from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons. Photos: EPA-EFE/MADE NAGI
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Undersea magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck south of Bali in Indonesia

Undersea magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck south of Bali in Indonesia

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has struck south of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC says. The epicentre of Tueday's quake was 102km southwest of Denpasar and 100km deep, it says. There was no tsunami warning from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The US Geological Survey recorded the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7. Holidaymakers took to social media to express their fear and shock in the wake of the quake and some hotels were evacuated.  SBS News
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Flight cancellations due to eruption of volcano in Bali

Flight cancellations due to eruption of volcano in Bali

A volcano eruption on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, is causing some flight cancellations to and from Australia as an ash cloud rose into the sky. Mount Agung volcano spewed out lava and showers of rocks over a distance of about 3 km with ash falling over dozens of villages, officials said. There were no reports of casualties. Flights, run by Qantas Airways, JetStar and Virgin Airlines, were operating normally on Saturday. Authorities had 50,000 masks available as a precaution though the alert level on the volcano remained unchanged and there had been no evacuations.   Via The Sydney…
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Top Australian DJ dies in Bali accident

Top Australian DJ dies in Bali accident

  Australian DJ Adam Sky has died in an accident while on holiday on the Indonesian island of Bali. The 42-year-old is said to have been badly hurt trying to help a friend who had suffered multiple injuries. While rushing to aid her, he smashed through a glass door, causing him to suffer severe cuts and blood loss, Nine News reported. The Melbourne DJ was staying with two people when it’s understood one of them, his Russian employee Zoia Lukiantceva, fell four metres from their private pool area and broke her leg. The woman survived and was taken to hospital,…
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Thousands of passengers stranded, hundreds forced to flee home as Mount Agung erupts in Bali

Thousands of passengers stranded, hundreds forced to flee home as Mount Agung erupts in Bali

Sky News: Hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes and 16,000 passengers have seen flights cancelled after a volcano erupted in Indonesia. The eruption of Mount Agung on the island of Bali spewed ash 8,200ft into the air, grounding 276 flights in and out of Ngurah Rai airport. People living in villages below have fled to evacuation centres. "Micro tremors are still being detected... indicating that magma is moving towards the surface," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said. He said 309 residents living in a danger area 2.5 miles from the crater had voluntarily gone…
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