Monday

Bali not affected by tidal waves

Ubud and Bali were unaffected by the terrible events around the Indian Ocean yesterday. The epicentre of the earthquake was off the western island of Sumatra, and the quake took place at about 0100 GMT (0800 local time) on Sunday. A huge wall of water, up to 10m high in places, hit the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra within minutes, some time before it reached other areas.

Aceh was probably the worst hit, as it lies closest to the epicentre - thousands are feared dead there. Coastal towns and villages, and the resort island of Nias, were swamped.
Aceh is more than 3000 km from Bali.

The earthquake itself was thus far enough from Bali not to affect us at all - we were protected from the tidal wave by the land-mass of Java, and EVERYTHING IS COMPLETELY NORMAL HERE!

We thank all our friends who have emailed and telephoned us since Sunday - it is much appreciated. For those of you arriving here in the next few days the ONLY problems you might be likely to encounter would be possible congestion at certain airports, such as Bangkok or Jakarta.

In the meantime our hearts go out to all those who have lost so much, in so many places.

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