Nigerians and other participants heaved a sigh of relief as the International Monetary fund (IMF) calmed their nerves on the earthquake that sparked an earth tremor at in Bali, as it had no tsunami potentials.
A 6.3 earthquake struck 61 km northeast of Situbondo, East Java (158 km northwest of Nusa Dua, Bali) at 2:44 am Bali time, sending panic across several hotels were International delegates are residing for the IMF/World Bank annual meeting holding in Bali, Indonesia
The IMF said: “Following the earthquake early this morning, there was no significant impact on infrastructure reported, and no tsunami potential.
” Three deaths were reported in the immediate vicinity of Situbondo. The World Bank Group and IMF extend their deepest condolences to the families and communities affected.”
“Many of you felt tremors. All Staff and Participants are safe and our joint Security teams are closely monitoring the situation with the Indonesian authorities. We will keep you informed of any updates.”
The fund assured that the Indonesian authorities, the hotels, and the meetings venues are doing everything possible to ensure participants receive timely alerts and safety instructions.
“Both the hotels and venues have a direct connection to the emergency warning systems should they be activated. Equally important, safety and security requires your active participation.” They added.
The IMF urged all participants to carefully review the emergency information provided by the hotels and in the venues, and to familiarize themselves with what actions to take in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.