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Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Bali

14 October 2011 10:07

Earthquake strikes the Indonesian island of Bali injuring at least 50 people

Earthquake strikes the Indonesian island of Bali injuring at least 50 people

A powerful earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Bali injuring at least 50 people. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake caused panic and mayhem in the main tourist district of Kuta. Roofs collapsed at schools, hotels, homes and offices and several ancient temples along the coast were damaged. Australian tourists told the Herald Sun they ran for their lives in the streets as all the buildings were shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 60 miles southwest of the island, but said it was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami.

Any policyholders who purchased their travel insurance before Thursday 13th October 2011, 09:00 GMT will benefit from the following guidance regarding the Emergency Medical Expenses & Repatriation, Cancellation, Travel Delay/Abandonment and Missed Departure sections of the World First Travel Insurance policy:

  • Full cover for emergency medical expenses /repatriation will be covered for anyone abroad;
  • Cancellation will not be covered as disinclination to travel is not covered and is not a valid reason;
  • Travel Delay: Earthquake is not a covered reason for Travel Delay Benefit or subsequent Abandonment, as it is not Adverse Weather, as caused by an Earthquake rather than weather conditions, Mechanical Breakdown or Strike etc.
  • Missed Departure is only covered if on public transport and this is delayed, making you too late to catch your flight and covering for additional costs incurred in reaching destination up to the policy limit. Clients are advised to speak to their carrier.