Indonesia tsunami – Indonesian President claims much quicker relief efforts

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Comment from Earthquake-Report.com : Earthquake-Report.com was from the very beginning very critical in the slow reaction of Indonesian Rescue and Relief efforts. As we followed the news almost from minute to minute after the main earthquake, it was very clear to us that the devastation and the height of the waves was much greater than initially calculated by theoretical models.
It took another 2 days before ships with Rescue and Relief personnel were on their way to the Mentawai Islands.
The Indonesian President did come to the same conclusion and ordered an immediate reorganization of emergency services in order to respond quicker to calamities.

The JakartaGlobe published an article with the opinion of the President, Government describing also the reorganization and better use of the means of the National Disaster Management Agency. We encourage our readers to read the full article.

In the wake of criticism over relief efforts following last week’s natural disasters, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Monday that the National Disaster Management Agency would be provided with the necessary equipment to do its job.
He said the head of the agency, known as BNPB, held ministerial rank and therefore could sidestep the bureaucracy.
This meant the BNPB did not have to waste time coordinating with other ministries.
Yudhoyono said he wanted extra funding for the agency in the 2011 budget to ensure its effective operation.
“The BNPB should have a high level of readiness, not only concerning its personnel but also its communication equipment and air transport,” he said.
The BNPB has 10 helicopters, two Hercules planes, five warships, two ships, six speedboats and 15 longboats at its disposal.

He praised the military for quickly mobilizing its Hercules planes to deliver supplies in Mentawai, where access was difficult.
“This model should be followed in the future,” he said. “If we cannot get supplies through by sea it should be through air.
However, he said the first priority should be rescuing the injured. “I underline the need for speedy evacuations,” the president said . “The use of helicopters should be prioritized to transport the injured.
The president said people in disaster-prone areas should be trained in what to do when a tragedy struck.
There should be new policies that will really be able to reduce the number of victims when natural disasters hit,” he said.
In the case of Mentawai, the president said it was dangerous to allow people to return to villages too close to the sea. “We need a new regulation or a law if necessary to reorganize this for their own safety,” Yudhoyono said.

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Indonesia tsunami – One map says more than 10 pages of text

Those of you are are eager to look into the technical details of this destroying earthquake, will certainly love this map.
The map, created by Globesec, the Unit for Global Security and Crisis Management of Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, has it all. It gives details  about the height of the waves, the aftershocks, the depth of the sea etc.
As in the title, One map says more than 10 pages of text
Click on the map or here to look into all the details.

Click on the map to see all details of the tsunami waves destroying the Pagai islands

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Earthquakes list November 1, 2010

M 4.9      2010/11/02 03:36    Depth 43.3 km     OFFSHORE GUATEMALA
November 01, 2010 at 09:36:57 PM (21:36) at epicenter
Epicenter 110 km (65 miles) SW of Escuintla, Guatemala and 150 km from Guatemala City. Just on top of the steep subduction wall.
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M 5.3      2010/11/01 23:16    Depth 190.2 km     CHIAPAS, MEXICO
05:16:48 PM (17:16) at epicenter
Deep harmless earthquake.
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M 4.5      2010/11/01 15:01    Depth 24.9 km     KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
10:01:21 PM (22:01) at epicenter
Moderate aftershock with epicenter to the north of the initial M 7.7 earthquake. About 50 km from the shores of the Islands of Sipora  and North Pagai.
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M 4.8      2010/11/01 13:19    Depth 241.6 km     TONGA
November 02, 2010 at 02:19:19 AM at epicenter
Very deep and thus harmless earthquake with epicenter 123 km from Neiafu, Tonga.
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M 4.9      2010/11/01 05:41    Depth 20.4 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
03:41:09 PM (15:41) at epicenter
Less powerful aftershock at a little more distance from the shoreline than yesterdays M 5.7 earthquake.
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M 5.3      2010/11/01 05:16    Depth 54.3 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
03:16:40 PM (15:16) at epicenter
Aftershock at nearly the same location than yesterdays M 5.7 earthquake.
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M 4.9      2010/10/31 23:14    Depth 654.9 km     SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
November 01, 2010 at 11:14:34 AM at epicenter
Very deep earthquake in the hot mantle of the earth.
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M 4.8      2010/10/31 19:23    Depth 150.0 km     BANDA SEA, INDONESIA
November 01, 2010 at 04:23:44 AM at epicenter
Harmless combination Magntitude/Focal Depth
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M 5.1      2010/10/31 18:49    Depth 22.9 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
November 01, 2010 at 04:49:14 AM at epicenter
Aftershock but this time under the island in the same area and a little north of Atua.
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M 5.7      2010/10/31 16:38    Depth 7.0 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
November 01, 2010 at 02:38:49 AM at epicenter
Heavy earthquake at the southern part of New Britain and on top of the Subduction zone near Atua, Awai and Baronga, all hamlets at the sea.
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