Bali earthquake update
Following an earthquake that was felt in Bali at 10:55 local time today, and which was followed by an aftershock in the afternoon, Bali Hotels Association (BHA) would like to issue the following information.
Wire reports say at least 43 people were taken to local hospitals, including 5 who suffered serious injuries, medical officials said. A few suffered broken bones and are undergoing treatment, said Wayan Sudanti, an official at a local hospital.
Another medical official at a nearby hospital said several others were undergoing treatment for minor injuries, but did not specify how many.
The quake had a depth of 38 miles, and no tsunami alert was issued, according to the US Geological Survey.
While there are currently no reports of significant injury or major infrastructure damage, the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) is actively monitoring the situation. The association responded quickly by sending out two information emails to its member GMs immediately after the earthquake, which was initially rated at 6.8 on the Richter scale, but later downgraded to 6.
The BHA email informed members about the strength of the earthquake, its depth, and location, as well as that no official tsunami warning was issued. BHA instructed its members to tune into all available information sources and to listen to official beach sirens where available. The association also instructed hotels to evacuate immediately should a beach siren be triggered.
The mail was accompanied by a list of reliable early-warning sources for its members to tune into.
The information exchange among BHA members, as well as its associates and information-providers ran smoothly.
The association’s internal tsunami early-warning system at the Hard Rock Hotel functioned as intended. The system is linked to Badan Metorologi dan Geofisika (BMKG) in Jakarta and sends out customized evacuation recommendations to its subscribers if a tsunami threat is detected, which wasn’t the case today.
While little panic, serious injury, or major damage was reported, BHA received several inquiries from its members, as well as government agencies and foreign associates, which were all answered in a timely manner.
BHA continues to closely monitor the situation and will proactively inform its members and associates about new developments in order to ensure the safety of its guests and employees.
Security and safety takes center stage with BHA. The association is continually training its members for the event of a tsunami, as well as earthquakes. BHA member hotels have access to a wide range of resources and expert advice, and the association’s tsunami preparedness initiatives have won worldwide recognition, also from the United Nations.
Many BHA hotels are "tsunami ready" certified.
Bali Hotels Association is a professional group of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali. Members include general managers from more than 100 hotels and resorts in Bali, representing more than 15,000 hotel rooms and almost 30,000 employees in the tourism sector. More information will be posted on www.balihotelsassociation.com .
Indonesia is on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.