The 1979 Bali earthquake occurred at 03:58 local time on 18 December with a surface wave magnitude of 6.3. The shock occurred southeast of the coast of Karangasem Regency in the Lombok Strait, and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) east-northeast of Denpasar. Up to 80 percent of the buildings in Karangasem Regency were damaged, between 15,000 and 500,000 people were displaced, and road links to the provincial capital of Denpasar were briefly severed.[4][5]

1979 Bali earthquake
1979 Bali earthquake is located in Bali
1979 Bali earthquake
UTC time1979-12-17 19:58:23
ISC event654317
Local dateDecember 18, 1979 (1979-12-18)
Local time03:58
Magnitude6.3 Ms[1]
Depth15 km (9 mi)[2]
Epicenter8°29′S 115°45′E / 8.49°S 115.75°E / -8.49; 115.75[3]
Areas affectedBali, Indonesia
Max. intensityMMI VIII (Severe)
Casualties27 killed
200 injured

Tectonic setting edit

The island of Bali forms part of the Sunda Arc, which formed above the convergent boundary where the Australian Plate is subducting beneath the Sunda Plate. The rate of convergence across the line of the Sunda–Java Trench is 7.5 cm per year. Eastwards from Bali, the Sunda Arc is also being thrust over the Bali and Flores back-arc basins on a series of south-dipping thrusts. Focal mechanisms for earthquakes near Bali are dominantly thrust sense on both the subduction interface and the system of thrust faults to the north.[6]

A previous earthquake of 6.5 Ms north of the Buleleng coast on 14 July 1976 caused 573 deaths on Bali and displaced a similar number of people.

Earthquake edit

A previous shock of 6.2 Ms on 20 October affected Mataram, the capital of the neighboring island Lombok, and damaged hundreds of buildings on that island as well as many on Bali. Two people were killed, including a 3-year-old boy in Lombok and a pregnant mother at a hospital in Denpasar.[7] The epicenter of the 20 October temblor was approximately 28 km (17 mi) north-northeast of the 17 December temblor.[8]

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 18 December shock occurred 60 km (37 mi) east-northeast of Denpasar at a depth of 15 km (9.3 mi). Initial reports by local observers suggested the epicenter may have been beneath the Mount Agung stratovolcano, however Indonesian authorities confirmed the location in the Lombok Strait.[9] The shock was felt along the eastern coast of Lombok, although no significant damage was caused there.[5][10]

As the temblor occurred during the early hours of the morning, there was significant panic; residents are reported to have fled to open fields and beaches for the rest of the night.[9]

Damage edit

Eighty percent of the homes and other buildings in Karangasem Regency were reported to have been destroyed or damaged.[10] Approximately eighty thousand homes were destroyed, as well as 40 Hindu temples, 17 markets, 8 schools, several mosques and a public hospital.[4] The villages of Culik, Datah and Tisla were reportedly left uninhabitable due to catastrophic damage.[11]

Relief efforts edit

The Indonesian Army established eleven temporary barracks in the affected region to assist those displaced. The Governor's office delivered at least 25 tonnes of rice to the displaced residents.[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ National Geophysical Data Center. "Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ USGS (November 8, 2008). "ShakeMap Atlas (Version 1.0)". United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2017-02-08. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ Utsu, T. "Catalog of Damaging Earthquakes in the World (Through 2009)". International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Bali quake: 500,000 homeless need shelter". Canberra Times. AAP. 21 December 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Earthquake rocks Bali, kills 19". Boca Raton News. 18 December 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ McCaffrey, R.; Nabelek J. (1987). "Earthquakes, gravity, and the origin of the Bali Basin: an example of a nascent continental fold-and-thrust belt" (PDF). Journal of Geophysical Research. 92 (B1). National Academy of Sciences: 441–460. Bibcode:1987JGR....92..441M. doi:10.1029/jb092ib01p00441. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  7. ^ "At least two die in tourist area quake". Canberra Times. AAP. 22 October 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. ^ "INDONESIA: SUMBAWA ISLAND". National Centers for Environmental Information. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Bali Badly Hit By Earthquake". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. 18 December 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Indonesian Island Of Bali Rocked By Quake, 25 Die". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 19 December 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Quake death toll 25". Canberra Times. AAP. 20 December 1979. Retrieved 12 June 2015.

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