Strong quake shakes Indonesia's Bali island

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A strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has struck off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, with shaking felt across the region, local residents say.

The natural disaster, which struck at 7:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Denpasar, the capital city and main hub of the Indonesian province of Bali, located on the island's south.

Local residents also said the quake briefly caused panic on the neighbouring holiday island of Lombok.

But the situation returned to normal after they received text messages saying the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.

The organisation said: "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage".

A magnitude 5.5 natural disaster struck near Denpasar, Bali on Wednesday morning. "The floor and ceiling glass doors shook a lot and the water in the pool was moving too but no damage was done", she added.

Indonesia frequently experiences quakes as it is located along the earthquake-prone Pacific Ring Of Fire.

In December 2004 a massive quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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