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Safer at the Top

Tanjung Benoa, Bali Prepares for a Tsunami

(12/9/2012) In order to minimize the loss of life in the event of a tsunami, the communities of Tanjung Benoa have formed a cooperative agreement with local hotels.

Under the terms of the agreement, local residents living on the narrow isthmus of land can seek protection in the event of a tsunami on the upper floors of the multi-storied hotels and businesses dotting the strip of land.

According to NusaBali, a total of nine hotels and businesses have formally agreed to open their doors to local residents seeking “higher ground” once he tsunami evacuation alarm is sounded.

The agreement, first enacted in 2009, covers an area considered at high risk from a tsunami.

A successful “dress rehearsal” of evacuation methods using the upper floors of building was enacted on Friday, December 7, 2012, involving 400 people.

Among the areas deemed at risk to tsunami’s in Bali due to their high population density are Tanjung Benoa, Sanur, and Kuta. Officials, however, are quick to explain that many beach areas in Bali are at risk from a tsunami, but  say that they are iniitially most focused on exposed beach areas with the highest population densities.