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October 05, 2009 11:01 ET

AA Travel Insurance Guidance to Tourists Affected by the Indonesian Earthquake

BASILDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - The 7.6-magnitude quake occurred off West Sumatra Province, 30 miles offshore from the city of Padang on 30 September 2009. The earthquake struck at 1716 local time (1016 GMT), some 85km (55 miles) under the sea, north-west of Padang, the US Geological Survey said.

On Thursday 1 October at 0852 local time (0152 GMT) a second quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale occurred in Jambi Province close to Padang.

Early reports indicate that there have been several hundred casualties but we are not aware of any British nationals among this number although around 150,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year (Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)).

AA travel insurance recommends that travellers follow the FCO advice when travelling to Indonesia, Samoa and American Samoa. If you are already in one of the affected areas, you should register with the nearest consulate or high commission or online using the LOCATE portal www.locate.fco.gov.uk/locateportal.

People currently in the Padang area need to be wary of the risk from aftershocks and debris falling from damaged buildings.

There has been substantial damage to the infrastructure, with hospitals and telephone links seriously affected. The devastation is really very serious. Many buildings have been destroyed including some hotels where it's likely that foreign nationals might have been staying. Padang Airport is open but there is likely to be substantial disruption to scheduled services for some time.

Humanitarian experts from the Department for International Development (DFID) are travelling to Indonesia on Friday 2 October 2009 to assess the scale of the damage caused by the recent earthquake. Working closely with the other international relief organisations and the Government, they will help organise the combined relief effort and asses what additional international support is needed.

AA Travel Insurance is a division of Drakefield Insurance Services which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. (Firm Registration No. 312317). Drakefield Insurance Services Limited is part of The AA.

Notes to editors

- Around 150,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year

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AA Travel Insurance is a division of Drakefield Insurance Services which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. (Firm Registration No. 312317). Drakefield Insurance Services Limited is part of The AA.

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