Bali Shaken But Not Stirred

Following Lombok August 5th Earthquake, it’s Largely Business as Usual at Bali Hotels and Business

Kompas.com reports that hotels in Bali are issuing assurances that operations and Bali Island holidays remain unaffected following the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake on nearby Lombok Island on Sunday evening, August 5, 2018.

Melody Siagian, marketing communications manager for The Trans Resort Bali, confirmed to the press that the Resort’s structure remains in excellent condition, the result, in part, of its high standard of engineering and structural design meant to withstand natural disasters. “Guest today continue to carry on with their normal activities,” said Melody on Monday, August 6, 2018.

The Melia Bali Resort also confirmed the situation in Nusa Dua remains business as usual following Sunday’s earthquake in Lombok. Gusti Ayu Oka Pastini, the public relations manager for Melia, said that the Resort’s management and staff quickly advised guests to remain vigilant and not to panic in the event of aftershocks. Pastini also explained that their hotel has been certified for disaster readiness, including preparing “safe areas” where guests and staff can muster in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.

While the massive earthquake was felt in Bali, damage was limited to areas of Karangasem in Northeast Bali. Meanwhile, in Denpasar, limited damage was reported with several poorly built homes collapsing, suspended ceiling tiles falling at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, and substantial damage reported to parked vehicles caused by falling roofing tiles and cracked window at local shopping centers. Two fatalities in Denpasar are linked to the earthquake resulting when a young girl was crushed by a falling wall in South Denpasar and a man suffered a fatal heart attack while dining at a Kuta Restaurant.

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