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Earthquake vibrations hit Bali, venue of IMF/WBG meetings

Earthquake vibrations hit Bali, venue of IMF/WBG meetings
October 10
21:53 2018
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Participants at the ongoing annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in Bali, Indonesia, were awakened by vibrations in the early hours of Thursday.

Bali, a popular tourist destination in Indonesia is seven hours ahead of Nigeria.

In a statement released few hours after the vibrations, the IMF assured participants that the earthquake has not disrupted the meetings.

“A 6.0 earthquake has struck 158km Northwest of Nusa Dua, Bali,” the statement read.

“We have received information that the earthquake has not caused significant damage or any disruption to the Meetings.

“Authorities have confirmed that a tsunami has not been generated. No additional action is required at this time. We will continue to monitor and provide further updates as necessary.”

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicentre was in the Bali Sea; 40km off the eastern end of Java island.

In various tweets, delegates shared their experiences.

Sokol Havolli, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Kosovo, said: “This was quite a bit of a shake. Anyway, found my self quickly picking up credit card, cigarettes and passport. #Bali #earthquake”

Sulawesi, an Indonesian island, recently suffered a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami leaving 2000 people dead.

Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s minister of finance, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Udoma Udo Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, and other top government officials are in Bali for the meetings.

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