Travel agencies move quickly to contact “thousands of Swedes”
Immediately after an 8.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia yesterday, Swedish travel agencies got into action by personally contacting large numbers of clients in the Indian Ocean region about the possibility of a tsunami. Strong aftershocks are continuing to plague the region. The agencies Ving, Apollo and Fritidsresor recommended that tourists get away from the beaches of Phuket, Krabi and Ao Nang because of the fear of a tsunami.
“We are sending text messages informing them that a tsunami warning has been issued and that they should get themselves to safer areas in the mountains,” Magdalena Öhrn at Ving told the news agency TT. “There are evacuation routes that the authorities in Phuket have made available, so there is information everywhere about where to go during a tsunami alert.”
Andreas Magnusson of the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok said that “there are thousands of Swedes in the affected provinces.”
[pictured: A ruined village near the coast of Sumatra a week after the tsunami of 26 December 2004; courtesy US Navy]