Bali’s GWK Monument Certified Damage-Free Following Earthquakes in Neighboring Lombok
Nyoman Nuarta, the man who has dedicated the past three decades to designing, engineering, and building the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument (GWK) that now towers over South Bali, has confirmed to Tempo.co that the 121-meter monument suffered no damage from the recent earthquakes that struck the neighboring Island of Lombok and were felt in Bali.
Speaking on August 8th, three days after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused widespread deaths, injuries and damage in Lombok, Nuarta said, “The statues was built to withstand a 8.0 magnitude earthquake.”
Nuarta assured that the risk of an earthquake in the are area occupied by the GWK were taken into consideration in building the structure, including closely examining seismic faults that surround Bali on a number of sides.
Just hours after the Lombok earthquake on Sunday, August 5, 2018, Nuarta was on scene at the GWK monument to make sure no mishap had affected the giant crane that was in the process of being dismantled at the time of seismic event. “I was worried that the remaining parts of the crane would strike the monument, but, in reality, at the time of the earthquake the entire crane was already dismantled and on the ground,” Nuarta explained.
Nuarta also confirmed that the Lombok earthquake felt across wide parts of Bali did not result in any structural damage or failure of any of the 300-separate pieces of external “skin”, each weighing 3 tons, covering the statue depicting Lord Wisnu riding atop the back of mythical Garuda bird.