JAKARTA: Three people were killed on Saturday when an earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island Bali, the disaster agency said, reports AFP.
The 4.8 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the town of Banjar Wanasari. Shallow quakes tend to do more damage than deep tremors.
The death toll was not expected to rise, they added.
"The quake was felt strongly for five seconds," said disaster agency spokesman Abdul Muhari.
"People were panicking and ran from their houses when the quake hit." The tremor's epicentre was far from the main tourist hub in Bali, which is slowly reopening to international visitors after a pandemic shutdown.
Indonesia experiences frequent quakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
In January, more than 100 people were killed and thousands left homeless by a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck Sulawesi island, reducing buildings to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete in the seaside city of Mamuju.