BHA Official Response on Pacific Earthquakes & Tsunami
Denpasar, Bali, March 12, 2011—With the recent series of unfortunate natural disasters that have hit Japan recently, the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquakes and resulting tsunamis.
The ties between Bali and Japanare strong, and the association is keen to stress its support to all those affected.
“The Japanese people have long visited Baliand we have always warmly welcomed them on the island,” said Jean-Charles Le Coz, BHA chairman. “The news has been devastating to us.”
Meanwhile, an earthquake also hit Indonesiaon Friday morning. “An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale shook parts of central Indonesiaearly Friday,”
the country’s geophysics agency said. However, it was declared too deep to generate any tsunami on Baliitself. The east coast of some Indonesian islands reported related waves, although these were less than 1 meter high.
“Bali is still safe to travel to, especially given the measures we have taken to ensure visitor safety in the event of a disaster like this,” said Le Coz.
BHA runs its own targeted tsunami early-warning system as a backup for hotels, receiving data directly from the geophysics agency in Jakarta, he added. In addition, BHA has conducted tsunami-ready training for its members for 3 years. Any unfavorable developments for Baliwill be reported immediately.
BHA also recommends visiting TSUNAMI READY at http://www.tsunamiready.com/facts/index.php. If you are in the region, the association also advises the public to stay tuned to TV and radio and follow the instructions of local decision-makers. For further information, please contact:
BHA Chairman, Jean Charles Le Coz: firstname.lastname@example.org
BHA Executive Director, Djinaldi Gosana: email@example.com
BHA Public Relations, Fredina Rebecca: firstname.lastname@example.org
BHA Security & Safety Executive, Alexander Kesper: email@example.com