Tsunami inundation map of Kuta Lombok
We sailed to Lombok on a four hour ferry that departed from the Bali port of Padangbai.
Mt. Agung (left) above the clouds of Bali from the middle of the Lombok Strait. This strait marks the Wallace Line--a biogeographical line that demarcates the divide between the Asia flora and fauna from Bali westward and Australia flora and fauna from Lombok eastward.
A sign pointing away from the hill telling people to gather at the elementary school a few hundred yards further into the very vulnerable town.
On the hillside we met this happy fellow. When we asked about the signs to gather at the school he just laughed and indicated that that was a crazy idea and that climbing the mountain was the way to save oneself. Throughout our week in Kuta we found that in spite of the crazy signage, most everyone in town knows to head for the hills.
We don't know who excavated a road up the hill and flattened the hill top, but it makes for a good evacuation route and safe gathering place.
A new great mosque in the works. Named after the the local goddess of the sea (Mandalika).
Presentation at SMP Negri 1 (Jr. High) in Mataram--the island's main city. Pak Pras from UPN is teaching about tsunamis in Indonesia.
Ampenan Beach is the port of Mataram.
Back in Kuta we visited the Novotel to see if it too (like the Novotel in Bali) had tsunami evacuation preparations. At the direction of its parent company, the hotel had a third story gathering point and printed information about natural disasters in every hotel room. Many more hotels need to follow Novotel's example.
A candidate for governor.
Off the northwest coast of Lombok are three small islands (Gili) that are prime tourist destinations. Pemenang is the small port city where tourists can catch small boat taxis to the islands. Five years ago the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPD) built this Temporary Evacuation Building (TES) in the center of the town. Similar structures have been built in other tsunami prone areas including Pangandaran that we visited last year and Tanjung Benoa in Bali. The unusual thing about this TES is that it is in such a sparsely populated place. Locals suspect that there was some sort of corruption or collusion involved with the building of this TES.
The lower three stories are open to the waves. It is used as a badminton court.
In spite of the odd location and the questionable motives, locals have decided to embrace the structure and make it their own. To draw people to the building so that they know to evacuate here and to keep it from being vandalized, locals have organized artists to come and decorate the structure with fun murals. Also, once a year the structure hosts part of an annual cultural/art festival. The above mural encourages people not to panic, to go up here and to help each other.
Ducks draw people up the ramps.
The mural made to look like the base of the town mosque.
Umbrella provided before being rolled up (by the waves).
Then we held an evacuation drill. Down the portico.
Out the back gate of the school. Across a yard. Down a country road and then up a hill where cows were grazing.
Our Sunday outing was north to the southern edge of Rinjani National park where we hiked up to the beautiful sweet orange water falls.
Driving back to Kuta we passed several wedding processions and a circumcision procession. The narrow streets turned into one lane traffic slow downs.
Elementary School 1.