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Bali’s earthquake left people shaken but no fatalities reported

Bali’s earthquake left people shaken but no fatalities reported (Forimmediaterelease.net) The earthquake that shook Bali at 10:16 am Central Indonesia time on Thursday, October 13, has fortunately no reported casualties, although a number of school children and their teachers in a school in Denpasar were treated for minor injuries, and a workman who fell off a roof broke his leg.

Television news and the media showed people scrambling out of buildings and tourists running out of hotels.

According to Antara news, the Denpasar city's Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said 19 buildings were damaged. The 19 buildings consist of 8 schools, 6 houses, a monument, a hospital, a museum, the Denpasar Regional Representatives Council office, and a firefighters' office.

“Eight buildings are heavily damaged. The worst damage happened to Vocational High School 2 in Denpasar where almost its entire roof collapsed," Chief of Denpasar`s BPBD Sudana Satri Graha said here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Secretary to Denpasar city`s administration AAN Rai Iswara said he had asked related government officials to conduct a quick response towards the impact of the earthquake.

“Starting tomorrow, all damaged schools will be repaired," he said adding that the city administration would pay for the medical treatment of victims.

Despite the intensity of the quake, no tsunami warning was sounded. But the quake was felt in East Java to Bali’s west, from Banyuwangi to Surabaya and to its east to the island of Lombok.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced that there were no disruptions in flights at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International airport. ( www.budpar.go.id )

“The epicenter of the earthquake was located at about 143 kilometers southwest of Nusa Dua or at 9.89 south latitude and 114.53 east longitude, with the depth measured at 10 kilometers, and it did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)'s data and information center.

Meanwhile, straight after the earthquake, the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) had sent out 2 information emails to hotel GMs straight, said a BHA release. The BHA mail informed members about the strength of the earthquake, depth, as well as location and that NO official tsunami warning was issued. BHA also immediately sent out a list of reliable early warning sources to its members to tune into. The information exchange via the BHA security managers associations Blackberry group went well, and the BHA tsunami early-warning service at the Hard Rock functioned well – operator staff contacted the BHA security and safety executive proactively straight after information became available.

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.( www.balihotelsassociation.com ).

BHA will continue to closely monitor the situation and proactively inform its members and associates about new developments in order to ensure the safety of its guests and employees

The association is continually training its members for the event of a tsunami as well as earthquakes. BHA member hotel 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andi Abdul Muhaimin, Email: andi@divusi.com

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