Today We had an Earthquake.

Today August 22, 2022, we had an earthquake in Bali. 

If you have never felt one, then you are better off. Having lived in Indonesia on and off for a few years, I have felt a few. I would say this was the second scariest one.

This afternoon at 4:36 pm there was a magnitude 5.8 quake near me. It was 66 km or so away, but the feeling was quite surreal. The very first time I experienced an earthquake was when I was having breakfast in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2000. Yes, that was a while ago, but it was my first earthquake.

I remember having a bowl of cereal and as we all do, I was reading the back of the box when it moved. I was sure I was moving the table somehow but no. It was moving on its own. I am an early bird so no one else was awake to experience the quake.

The second time was scarier.

Fast forward about 18 years and I was in the basement of Plaza Indonesia in Jakarta. I was eating in a Japanese restaurant when the lights began to sway.

We felt nothing, to be honest. It was very interesting. I assume it was because of the structure being a mall we didn’t feel the quake. All we noticed was that the lights were moving.

In a panic, everyone got up and ran toward the escalators. Now we were so far underground that there was no way we would have made it out. So rather than running, we got up and moved as close as we could to the largest column we could find close to our location.

Funny enough we all ran out of the restaurant without paying. No one was worried about the bill. When the lights stopped swinging, we all went back to our tables and finished our meals. In the end, we did have to pay.

It all passed quickly.

Much like this one, the other quake too lasted about 5-8 seconds. Those 5-8 seconds seem like an eternity when the mall or the villa I am in is shaking. A few neighbors ran out of their places as well. We all checked our phones and began to message friends around the island to see if they were alright.

Eventually, the news trickled in. We found out that this was quite a big quake. Normally we feel little shakes here and there and often we ask friends, but they hadn’t even noticed.

Funny enough we were all outside and a lady rode in on her scooter and looked at us funny. Why were we unusually congregating together outside? She on the scooter didn’t have a clue that there was an earthquake.

Quakes are common.

Yet the interesting part is, that Bali is not big at all. Yet so many different parts of the island can experience isolated earthquakes. About 2 hours away there was quite a devastating quake a few years ago. It was awful because it was in the middle of COVID and people didn’t know how to behave. Quakes and COVID didn’t mix well, and emergency personnel was very confused as to how to help those in need.

Another thing to realize is… Like on most islands, the local houses are not built to any sort of code. Hotels and larger homes are built well.  Some local homes and businesses could probably be toppled by a dozen men. As far as we know, there were no casualties from the quake today, but tsunamis can always happen. Let’s hope no large waves come to shore.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

8 thoughts on “Today We had an Earthquake.

  1. That is so interesting. I was just watching a friend’s Insta story about her yoga course in Bali, and she mentioned the earthquake too. Kinda surreal to see it on your blog as well, especially since I’ve been here before.

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  2. I can relate to this, Zsolt. My area is near the New Madrid Fault and I’ve felt several trimmers. The worst was about 4.8 on the Richter’s Scale in 1991. And you’re right! It’s pretty scary.

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