Bali: An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale struck 78 km east of Mataram in Indonesia on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported.

More details are awaited.

On December 26, 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Notably, Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. Most recently in the city of Palu on Sulawesi island a quake and tsunami in September killed thousands of people.