The Red Cross has reported that 44 people in the south of the island suffered injuries, some with head injuries and broken bones from falling ceilings, with one person in a critical condition. It said one school and house collapsed. The epicenter of the quake was about 160 km (100 miles) southwest of the island's capital of Denpasar. Novotel Bali Benoa, one of many resorts in the luxury southern beach area of Nusa Dua, evacuated its guests as the hotel shook for a minute.
COMMENT: Nusa Dua will be the venue for a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders next month, including President Barack Obama, as an aftershock disrupted preparatory meetings as officials ran from buildings. Some sunbathers in bikinis on the southern white sand beach at Kuta, popular with surfers and Australian tourists, also started running, though swimmers appeared not to notice. The sprawling Indonesian archipelago is on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and is frequent hit by regular earthquakes and tremors.