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Preparing for a Tsunami in Bali, Indonesia.

By December 17, 2012

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The Balinese are nothing if not cautious: the island of Bali lies alongside the same Sunda Megathrust (Wikipedia) that triggered the December 2004 tsunami, putting the southern Bali settlements of Kuta, Tanjung Benoa, and Sanur right in any future tsunami's crosshairs.

That's why Bali's Center for Disaster Control is looking for ways to get emergency information to residents and travelers in the fastest way possible - as the Jakarta Post reports, the Center "plans to develop an information system to inform the public of any possible natural disasters via short message service (SMS)"...

"The center plans to cooperate with telecommunication providers to accelerate the spread of information regarding various natural and manmade disasters, such as strong winds, tsunami, landslides, earthquakes and extreme weather conditions," [head of the center's early detection unit I Nyoman]Sanjaya explained.[...] The information is to be delivered through the SOS gateways of all providers.

The SMS warning system will supplement Bali's already formidable tsunami preparations: read Tsunami in Bali, Indonesia to find out more. Alternatively, check out our list of tsunami-ready hotels and resorts in Bali, or our article about safety tips for travelers in Bali.

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