Quake rocks Bali as Duterte, world leaders gather


Posted at Oct 11 2018 08:30 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2018 09:15 AM

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MANILA - A powerful quake on Thursday rattled the island of Bali, Indonesia, where President Rodrigo Duterte and other leaders were gathered.

A gathering of ASEAN leaders and the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are being held this week in Bali, attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers, central bank heads and some leaders.
The magnitude 6 quake, located in the Bali Sea, killed 3 people in the neighboring Java island, damaging buildings and causing panic among residents.

At one hotel in Bali, journalists covering the gathering of world leaders woke up from their slumber as the quake shook buildings for about a minute, just hours after Duterte's arrival in the resort island, said ABS-CBN News' Pia Gutierrez.

Duterte and his aides were discussing a previous 7.5-magnitude quake that killed 2,000 last month in Indonesia when the fresh tremor struck, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go said.

The President will meet with 9 other ASEAN leaders in an informal round table at 4 p.m. today. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres are expected to attend.

The leaders are expected to talk about terrorism and other mutual concerns.

The President’s trip in Bali will be short as he is expected to fly back to Davao immediately after the event’s gala dinner Thursday night.

A string of earthquakes in Lombok in eastern Indonesia killed more than 550 people over the summer.

The Philippine government will hold a symbolic handover ceremony of US $300,000 (P16 million) in financial assistance to Jakarta following the disasters.

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

With reports from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse; and Reuters