Thursday, April 12, 2012

Indonesian Earthquake Felt in Penang

We had just returned from a cruise to Krabi and Phuket, Thailand yesterday and were taking a nap. Suddenly the bed started shaking and the chandelier began to swing.  Nero, our cat was meowing with fear  and Chi Chi, our prairie dog was nervous and confused. We were welcomed home by an earthquake! We ran out into the corridor and found many other residents there. Many people actually took the elevators down to the ground floor to wait. Not a smart move in an earthquake. Two of our neighbors left the building and were too afraid to come back until after 9 at night.

We immediately tuned to CNN and discovered that an 8.7 earthquake had hit Aceh, Indonesia and a tsunami was expected.  The earthquake was felt in Penang at about 4:30 PM and the tsunami was expected shortly after 9 PM. We closely watched the sea level from our balcony and observed that the tide was out. We noticed that a couple of cruise ships and cargo ships had been moved to deeper waters in case a tsunami did hit.

    We felt one small aftershock, but no more. A short while later the tsunami warning was cancelled, as no tsunamis occurred in the region or elsewhere. Everything returned to normal and we are wondering if there are going to be any more aftershocks in the coming days. It was a unique way to wind up a 4 day cruise. I will describe the cruise in the next post.

5 comments:

  1. Good to note that eartquake did no damage and no tsunamis..

    I wanted to ask two Q and would appreciate your comments or any info you could provide.

    1) As a retiree did you go the route to obtain MM2H visa? or just renew your visa every so often by visiting border country? as someone has suggested on another forum.

    2) Does owning a condo there one has HO associations like we have in US and pay monthly dues? Some HO associations here can be difficult as they waste $$ and keep raising monthly dues.

    Thank you for your help.

    Vin

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  2. Thanks Vin. To answer your questions.

    1) Personally I feel that the visa run is a royal pain in the butt. I have MM2H Visa and I don't have to worry about running to Thailand all of the time to get a visa chop. You can never know what will happen in Thailand.

    2) The condos here have Management Committees (MC's). I have been on ours for 2 years. They're basically the same as back home, but tend to be easier for members to take bribes here. As in any place you have to take an interest in the committees and watch them. Non-resident owners plainly just don't care as long as they get their rent money. There are offices you can go to in case of corrupt MC members and they are quite effective. We pay service charges here and are not that costly.

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  3. Thank you for reply and the info. I would imagine that to get the MM2H, one has to deposit the required $$ needed? Any idea how much the going rate is these days? I will also try to look at the other forum under this topic to see what is the $ amount requirements. Does this deposit need to stay in the account as long as you are in Malaysia?
    I am looking at to go this route, get the MM2H rather than renew visa so often. You are right that it could become a hassle as one never knows.

    Hope all is well on your end after this earthquake.. Reading the news here, it seems that no damage occured in the area.

    Regards

    Vin

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  4. Vin,
    Check out this website. It should answer all of your concerns.

    http://www.mm2h.gov.my/

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  5. Thanks very much.. I will check the site.

    Regards


    Vin

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