Indonesia massive M 7.7 Earthquake and Tsunami – latest news (4)

As our initial “latest news” article was getting too long, and as this event will certainly continue to add more news, we have decided to start another “latest news 3” article. Besides the most important earthquake data, also breaking news will be posted here.

This update page will put breaking news on the Indonesia Mentawai Islands earthquake whenever it becomes available.
The most recent news will be on top of this page. has been continuously publishing breaking news on this Earthquake / Tsunami starting minutes after the earthquake occurred.
Read the “Latest News 1” article by clicking here

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October 30 – 13:47 UTC UPDATE
Understanding the massive M 7.7 Mentawai Earthquake
Click here to read our in-depth article

October 30 – 13:47 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian Minister : ‘adulterous nations unfaithful to God will receive “Godly condemnation”’
Indonesia’s twitter users were once again shocked by another statement from Information and Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring, who said that adulterous nations unfaithful to God will receive “Godly condemnation”.
Tifatul, who represents the Islamic-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s cabinet, said in a statement on one of his tweets Tuesday “if they deny Our verses, then we will curse them for whatever (sins) they commit”.
Numerous twitter users condemned Tifatul for his statement, saying it was improper in the midst of two almost simultaneous natural disasters – a tsunami in Mentawai and a volcanic eruption in Central Java .
This was not the first time Tifatul’s tweets caused widespread controversy and public derision.
Excerpt of a Jakarta Post article, click here to read the entire article

October 30 – 09:17 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Death Mentawai islanders : 413
Missing Mentawai islanders : 298
Seriously injured hospitalized islanders : 207
Slightly injured : 142
Destroyed or heavily damaged houses : 517
Light damaged houses : 204
5 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 6 offices, 8 houses of worship, 7 bridges, 2 tourist resorts and a boat were also damaged
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 30 – 08:52 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian President decides to move villages of tsunami victims.
The Indonesian President has decided to immediately relocate victims of a recent earthquake-triggered tsunami as well as residents living near Mentawai beaches of West Sumatra.
A regulation will be issued soon.The government is preparing the construction of about 4,000 shelter houses in highland area that closes to hills.
Earthquake is very enthusiastic about this regulation. The relocation is a wise decision as it does keep intact the way of living of the people, but gives them immediate evacuation possibilities in case of a tsunami alarm.
Based on a Jakarta Post article

October 29 – 20:57 UTC UPDATE
Tsunami Animation South Pagai
South Pagai island tsunami animation by DR.Hamzah Latif  (ITB tsunami expert)

October 29 – 20:46 UTC UPDATE
Images and eyewitness accounts of the disaster have slowly begun trickling out as media crews reach the archipelago and tourists are repatriated. The video was shot by Sebastian Carvallo, a tourist staying at the Macaronis surf resort, which was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami. It shows how the 20 staff and 17 guests on location when the wave hit were able to escape by running to the top floor of the resort’s main building.
Click here to read the full article

October 29 – 18:32 UTC UPDATE
Aftershock Magnitude 5.0 with epicenter in the same area and depth than the main shock
Earthquakes list October 29, 2010

October 29 – 16:57 UTC UPDATE
A number of foreign people were reported still missing.
They are citizens of three countries, namely France, New Zealand and the United States.
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October 29 – 16:06 UTC UPDATE
The QUAKESOS iPhone application ranked top 3 in Indonesia.
We have build this application to facilitate people getting in contact with family and friends  to tell them they are safe or need help with one push on a button.
Click here to read the full article

October 29 – 14:29 UTC UPDATE
Baby survives by miracle (video). Mother, father and 4 brothers killed
His father, Jekonia (33 years) and his mother Pure (30) along with four brothers were killed by the deadly Tsunami. The baby was found by residents in the middle of the road.
The baby is now treated at the hospital of Sikakap.
Click here for our in-depth article and video footage

October 29 – 07:59 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Death Mentawai islanders : 408
Missing Mentawai islanders : 303
Seriously injured islanders : 264
Slightly injured : 137
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 29 – 07:59 UTC UPDATE intermediate comment
The Mentawai – Pagai islands earthquake number of victims will normally be higher than 650, predicts.
The first 24 to 36 hours one could have hoped that people would have fled into the jungle to be safe for other tsunamis, but after 4 days this hope is no more realistic.
Those counted as missing will have been swallowed by the sea or would have been ejected into the jungle.
When an earthquake hits a big city, people can run to all directions and authorities will need many days to determine who is missing and who is showing up.
In this case the situation is completely different. Most of the villages on the Pagai islands are small to very small and people know each other. concludes that missing people in this case means more victims., which will bring the ranking of this devastating earthquake to position 3, behind Haiti and China.
The cruel earthquake in Chile had even less victims than this tsunami tragedy.

October 29 – 00:24 UTC UPDATE
European Commission donates 1.5 million euro in aid for tsunami and volcano victims

The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million (US$2 million) in humanitarian assistance to survivors of the tsunami in Mentawai and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Java, EU Delegation to Indonesia, Julian Wilson said in a statement Thursday.
The funds will help around 65,000 people in Mentawai and at least 22,000 people in Yogyakarta or Central Java.
The funding will be channelled through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

October 29 – 00:15 UTC UPDATE
BMKG counters critics of tsunami warning

Earthquake report, who followed all actions from the very beginning, supports BMKG in his response to these critics.
People living near the Sea and Oceans should immediately evacuate to higher ground when they feel the earthquake happening (like in both Pagai islands).
Read the full article here

October 28 – 23:48 UTC UPDATE
Billions of Indonesian rupiah in emergency funds have been approved and warships have been mobilized in response to the twin disasters Indonesia suffered this week, but rescue workers and victims are reporting distribution difficulties and supply shortages.

October 28 – 16:09 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers
Death Mentawai islanders : 374
Missing Mentawai islanders : 303
Seriously injured islanders : 264
Slightly injured : 137
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 28 – 16:09 UTC UPDATE
Tsunami Preparedness on vacation
Whenever you go for a beach holiday in an earthquake country, be always aware of a possible Tsunami risk.
Be alarmed if the following natural signs of an approaching tsunami appear :
1) if you feel an earthquake. (even light shaking, the epicenter can be hundreds of km away)
2) if you see an unusual sea level change: sudden sea water retreat or rise.
3) if you hear a rumbling sound of approaching waves.
4) if you hear tsunami alarm sirens
Then you should IMMEDIATELY evacuate to higher ground. has been continuously publishing breaking news on this Earthquake / Tsunami starting minutes after the earthquake occurred. Read the Latest News 1 article by clicking here.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7.5 later increased to M 7.7
Monday, October 25, 2010 at 09:42:25 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km
Geo-location(s) :
240 km (149 miles) S (184°) from Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Near the shores of the island of Pagai (part of the Mentawai Islands)

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
GDACS Green Tsunami alert
Nearest LIVE seismograph in Papua New Guinea

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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