No casualties or damages were reported and the earthquake did not cause a panic, as Balinese continued to observe Galungan solemnly throughout the day.
The earthquake happened at 9:29 a.m. local time, when most people flocked to temples across the island. "I was at a temple when I felt something, like shaking. Apparently, it was an earthquake," Putu Deny, a Denpasar resident, said.
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was at sea, 84 kilometers southwest of Jembrana in west Bali and 71 km deep.
The quake was felt in Denpasar, Gianyar, Tabanan, Buleleng and North Lombok as well as Banyuwangi and Jember in East Java. "No tsunami warning has been issued," the head of the BMKG's Denpasar branch, Taufik Gunawan, said in a statement.
"We urged all people to keep calm," Taufik added.
Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Made Rentin said there were no reports of casualties or any damage as a result of the natural disaster.
"The Balinese are continuing to take part in Galungan prayers at their respective family temples," Rentin said.
Tourist activities and operations at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport ran as normal.
Published : July 24, 2019
By : The Jakarta Post Asia News Network