Earthquake injures seven on resort island

A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian resort island of Bali early today, injuring at least seven people and sending panicked tourists and residents fleeing out of homes and hotels.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The magnitude 5.8 quake hit just after 6am local time (midnight Irish time) 45 miles (75 kilometres) south of Denpasar, the island's capital.

Local doctor Ken Wirasandi said seven people were treated for head injuries and broken bones at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, adding that women and children had run from their homes screaming when the ground began to rattle.

"I was frightened because it was strong," said Ernst Raynaldo, a tourist from the Netherlands who was staying at the Kuta beach strip. "I ran out immediately as I saw many others rushing into the swimming pool," which was the closest open space.

The Bali quake comes just two weeks after a larger tremor on the main Indonesian island of Java killed of left missing nearly 100 people.

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