Tremors in this part of the world are a very common occurrence, and locals are very used to them. And, while Bali tends to not to be the hottest earthquake spot in Indonesia, it gets its share of the bigger rattlers. For the uninitiated, an earthquake (or even just a heavier tremor) can be a frightening experience, and it’s important to remain calm and act swiftly.
Here are some tips on what to do if an earthquake strikes while you're in Bali:
If the building starts shaking when you’re at home, run outside immediately. Head to the nearest open area and protect your head as you head out—grab your helmet or pillow if they’re within reach.
SHOPPING MALLS OR RESORTS
If you happen to be in a shopping mall or a resort when an earthquake strikes, remain calm. Follow evacuation instructions by the personnel—they’re likely to have been trained for such emergencies—or find the emergency fire escape and head outdoors to an open space. Do not use the elevator.
IN A VEHICLE
If you feel the ground shaking while you’re driving or sitting in a vehicle, make sure your seat belt is fastened and hold onto something stable lightly, such as a handle. This keeps you from potentially injuring yourself if the vehicle stops suddenly. Get the driver to slow down and leave the vehicle immediately.
IN THE MOUNTAINS OR AT THE BEACH
If you’re out in nature when an earthquake occurs, you’ll need to react fast. Earthquakes can cause landslides and tsunamis. If you’re near a mountain, move away from the slopes. Those on the beach should immediately find higher ground.
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
There may still be aftershocks minutes after an earthquake strikes. Once the ground has settled, check for injuries and attend to them, if any. Lend a helping hand to those around you.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
As Bali is susceptible to earthquakes and tremors, it’s important for you to be aware of your surroundings while you’re on holiday and prepare yourself in the event of one. Take note of a few exits when you’re entering a building. We’d also recommend taking note of the Indonesian emergency numbers:
Main Emergency Line (112)
National Search and Rescue (111, 115, 151)
Fire Department (113)
For calls on Local SIMs, dial the Area codes first: 0361 South Bali, 0362 North Bali, 0363 East Bali, 0365 West Bali, 0368 Bedugul. If you have an International SIM, make sure you dial the Country code +62 followed by Area code.