Kiwi injured in Bali earthquake

Last updated 15:47 14/10/2011
Heather Bradley
INJURED: New Zealander Heather Bradley (L) with sister Ruthy Le Vaillant. Bradley intends to stay in Bali despite the earthquake.

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A Wellington woman has described the panic as a 6.1 magnitude quake struck the Indonesian island of Bali.

Heather Bradley is propped up in a hospital bed with pillows to keep her upright through the constant hard aftershocks.

The 6.1 quake struck at Bali at 11.16am local time (4.16pm NZ time) yesterday. It was centred about 160km southwest of the island's main town of Denpasar.

The threat of tsunami constantly loomed, her sister Ruthy Le Vaillant said.

Ms Le Vaillant said she had talked to her sister this afternoon. One leg was confirmed as broken and the other was due to be x-rayed to confirm a break.

Ms Bradley, 51, who had been working as a principal of a Balinese school for about three years, had been in a teachers' workshop when the quake struck.

''The piles in the roof started caving in.''

She found a staircase as a second, harder earthquake hit.

''As she stood at the top of the stairs the whole stairway was bouncing around. People [were] thrown everywhere.''

From a hospital bed Ms Bradley told her sister hundreds more people were injured than were officially reported.

One school near the hospital had about 50 children with bleeding heads from falling tiles.

Ms Bradley had moved from Wellington to Rotorua about 20 years ago.

She moved to Bali about three years ago with her husband and adult children but when the marriage broke up the husband and children returned.

She now had a Balinese boyfriend and intended to stay on the Indonesian island despite the tragedy.

''She loves Bali. Bali is Paradise.''

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