The earthquake off Sumatra yesterday is still giving off aftershocks. While the tremors from the original earthquake were felt in Palembang, there was no damage there and even if there was a tsunami, the city wouldn't be affected. Here is a map of Indonesia. Palembang is on the eastern side of Sumatra while the quake was near Bengkulu, at the south-western side.
Even though Richard and I joked about his first earthquake experience and how he thought he was suddenly dizzy, this is an eye opener. For the next year and a half, we will be living in a foreign country that is potentially politically, racially and geographically volatile.
We need to be prepared. Its nonsense to just drop everything and run. You need to know WHERE to run to. WHO to run to. WHAT to bring while running. I'm glad to hear that the Australian embassy called twice to check on Aaron and I after the initial quake and subsequent aftershock. At least I know that somebody will look for me but I think Richard and I need to have a solid emergency response plan. How will we meet up? If we can't, where will we both head? Pack phone numbers, money, passports.....energy bars, water???? My mind is running wild!
In the past, I had many business trips to Tokyo and would sleep each night with my shoes laid out for easy slip on and my passport on the night stand next to me so that I could just grab it while I run out during an earthquake. I was alone then....only had to look after me.
I think I'll procrastinate on this till I'm back in Palembang but its definitely something we'll need to discuss.