Rumblings aside Bail is safe

October 3, 2017 by  
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DENPARSAR, 3 October 2017: Bali’s travel industry is making an impassioned plea for tourists to visit the island saying safety measures are in place in the event Mount Agung blows.

Rising from the plains on the eastern side of the island,  the volcano is a good 76 km away from popular beaches and the  island’s airport. Thousands of villagers have been evacuated to safety from around the mountain’s slopes within a radius of 9 km.

ASITA Bali Chapter, which operates under the auspices of Bali Tourism Board (BTB), issued a statement, Monday,  reassuring visitors that that the government and local communities are displaying a high level of vigilance and commitment to ensure visitors are safe. Read more

Bali readies to evacuate tourists

September 27, 2017 by  
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BALI, 28 September 2017: Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.

Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors annually to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a blow to its tourism-dependent economy. Read more

Quake shakes Sumatra

August 15, 2017 by  
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JAKARTA, 15 August 2017: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island Sumatra on Sunday, but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said as panicked residents fled their homes.

The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) at 10:08 am (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, according to the United States Geological Survey.

“The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami,” Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency told AFP. Read more

Quake shakes Bali

March 23, 2017 by  
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DENPARSAR, 23 March 2017: Tourists fled their hotels in panic on Bali, Wednesday, after the popular Indonesian holiday island was rattled by an early morning earthquake.

The 5.5-magnitude quake struck inland about 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the Balinese capital, Denpasar, and not far from the concentration of holiday resorts in the south of the island.

There were no reports of casualties and damage after the quake struck just after 0700 (2300 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 118 kilometres, but some holidaymakers got a shock. Read more

Bagan to make temples quake resistant

January 9, 2017 by  
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BAGAN, 9 January 2017: Myanmar Earthquake Committee will check that pagodas in ancient Bagan, Nyang U district, Mandalay Region can withstand future quakes.

The ancient pagodas were severely damaged during an earthquake last August.

Now the priority is to restore the damaged pagodas and ensure they are earthquake proof as far as possible. The region around Bagan is prone to earthquakes. Read more

New Zealand evacuates tourists

November 16, 2016 by  
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CHRISTCHURCH, 16 November 2016: Rescuers in New Zealand on Tuesday began airlifting tourists stranded by a 7.8 earthquake that devastated parts of the South Island coast and caused more than 100,000 landslides.

Military helicopters started ferrying the first of 1,200 holidaymakers trapped in the seaside town of Kaikoura, which bore the brunt of a quake that claimed two lives when it struck early Monday.

Officials said US and Japanese military would also join the relief effort. Read more

Quake shakes Christchurch

November 14, 2016 by  
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CHRISTCHURCH, 14 November 2016: A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage in New Zealand on Monday, but officials said they were optimistic the death toll would not rise.

The tremor, one of the most powerful ever recorded in the quake-prone South Pacific nation, hit just after midnight near the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura.

It triggered a tsunami alert that sent thousands of people fleeing for higher ground across large parts of the country’s rugged coastline before the threat abated. Read more

Bagan temples audit underway

BAGAN, 10 October 2016: A detailed study is underway to access damage at ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan following a powerful earthquake last August.

Experts from UNESCO  and Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library are undertaking the assessment.

Irrawaddy media reported that the assessment phase had started in early September and should finish by the end of next month. Read more

Bagan visits increase 8%

September 8, 2016 by  
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BAGAN, 8 September 2016: Bagan welcomed 160,000 visitors, January to August, an increase of 8% over the same period last year.

Bagan’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, Than Htut Khine, told local media that the recent earthquake damaged pagodas and ancient structures but not its tourist industry.

“This year, we expect 300,000 visitors travel to Bagan,” he said. Read more

Bagan temples damaged by quake

August 25, 2016 by  
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YANGON, 26 August 2016: A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the quake struck, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Information. Read more

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